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Everton will hold talks with Watford to avert a heavy sanction should they appoint Marco Silva, the former head coach at Vicarage Road, as manager. Silva is Everton's choice to replace the outgoing Sam Allardyce, but the acrimony following an alleged illegal approach last November has not receded, despite the Portuguese coach's subsequent dismissal by Watford. The Hornets want significant compensation for the disruption to their campaign and have filed an official complaint to the Premier League. In the most extreme scenario, Everton face a points deduction if the accusations of ‘poaching’ are proven, but a fine is the greater possibility should it go that far. Watford claim illegal negotiations were conducted following the sacking of Ronald Koeman in October, a point they first raised in a public statement in January when dismissing Silva. The Premier League urged the clubs to mediate rather than launch their own probe, and there was a meeting between Everton and Watford in April in an effort to resolve differences. Sam Allardyce is on the verge of leaving Everton Credit: Action Images At the same meeting Watford felt they had received an assurance Silva would not be pursued by Everton this summer. That guarantee does not look solid now, with Silva the preference to take over once Allardyce’s brief reign is formally ended. If Silva becomes Everton's next manager, Watford are ready to explore all options at their disposal under Premier League rules. Allardyce's exit should be confirmed by Wednesday night – Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is arranging a meeting with the ex-England boss to thrash out the exit terms, which is expected to be presented in a statement as ‘mutually agreed’. Allardyce recognised he could not continue given the negative fan reaction to his brief tenure. Silva has been in limbo since his sacking, monitoring developments on Merseyside and waiting to see if the opportunity he craved early last season would again present itself. He too is in dispute with Watford regarding alleged breach of contract, a matter being handled by the League Managers Association. Crucially, he did not have a ‘break clause’ in his Watford deal at the end of his first season, so reviving negotiations with Everton will irk his former club, given their suspicions a deal was actually agreed six months ago. Telegraph Sport's Premier League goals of the season The complications may delay a quick appointment. Unless Everton and Watford can agree a package it could prove a lengthy legal dispute, especially if the Premier League are forced to intervene. More likely is Everton agreeing to pay significant compensation, but Watford have already rejected £12million. That was when Everton first targeted Silva when he was still in employment. The costs of recruiting a new coach are piling up for Moshiri. As well as compensation upwards of £12m, he will have to pay Allardyce the remaining year of his Goodison contract. That amounts to £6m. Silva was earning £2.4m a year at Vicarage Road, so will have been offered a healthy salary increase to move to Everton. Everton are still paying Koeman a portion of his £6m a year salary as part of his termination agreement, despite his new job as Holland head coach. His Everton contract had 16 months to run when he was sacked. And in 2016, Everton had to pay Roberto Martinez £10m following his exit. Moshiri knows his wish to recruit Silva comes at some cost. He must hope the new manager is more successful at satisfying the club’s fanbase as his immediate predecssors, earning himself time at the start of next season. Everton can ill afford another recruitment error on and off the pitch.
Everton will hold talks with Watford to avoid possible points deduction if they appoint Marco Silva
Everton will hold talks with Watford to avert a heavy sanction should they appoint Marco Silva, the former head coach at Vicarage Road, as manager. Silva is Everton's choice to replace the outgoing Sam Allardyce, but the acrimony following an alleged illegal approach last November has not receded, despite the Portuguese coach's subsequent dismissal by Watford. The Hornets want significant compensation for the disruption to their campaign and have filed an official complaint to the Premier League. In the most extreme scenario, Everton face a points deduction if the accusations of ‘poaching’ are proven, but a fine is the greater possibility should it go that far. Watford claim illegal negotiations were conducted following the sacking of Ronald Koeman in October, a point they first raised in a public statement in January when dismissing Silva. The Premier League urged the clubs to mediate rather than launch their own probe, and there was a meeting between Everton and Watford in April in an effort to resolve differences. Sam Allardyce is on the verge of leaving Everton Credit: Action Images At the same meeting Watford felt they had received an assurance Silva would not be pursued by Everton this summer. That guarantee does not look solid now, with Silva the preference to take over once Allardyce’s brief reign is formally ended. If Silva becomes Everton's next manager, Watford are ready to explore all options at their disposal under Premier League rules. Allardyce's exit should be confirmed by Wednesday night – Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is arranging a meeting with the ex-England boss to thrash out the exit terms, which is expected to be presented in a statement as ‘mutually agreed’. Allardyce recognised he could not continue given the negative fan reaction to his brief tenure. Silva has been in limbo since his sacking, monitoring developments on Merseyside and waiting to see if the opportunity he craved early last season would again present itself. He too is in dispute with Watford regarding alleged breach of contract, a matter being handled by the League Managers Association. Crucially, he did not have a ‘break clause’ in his Watford deal at the end of his first season, so reviving negotiations with Everton will irk his former club, given their suspicions a deal was actually agreed six months ago. Telegraph Sport's Premier League goals of the season The complications may delay a quick appointment. Unless Everton and Watford can agree a package it could prove a lengthy legal dispute, especially if the Premier League are forced to intervene. More likely is Everton agreeing to pay significant compensation, but Watford have already rejected £12million. That was when Everton first targeted Silva when he was still in employment. The costs of recruiting a new coach are piling up for Moshiri. As well as compensation upwards of £12m, he will have to pay Allardyce the remaining year of his Goodison contract. That amounts to £6m. Silva was earning £2.4m a year at Vicarage Road, so will have been offered a healthy salary increase to move to Everton. Everton are still paying Koeman a portion of his £6m a year salary as part of his termination agreement, despite his new job as Holland head coach. His Everton contract had 16 months to run when he was sacked. And in 2016, Everton had to pay Roberto Martinez £10m following his exit. Moshiri knows his wish to recruit Silva comes at some cost. He must hope the new manager is more successful at satisfying the club’s fanbase as his immediate predecssors, earning himself time at the start of next season. Everton can ill afford another recruitment error on and off the pitch.
Everton will hold talks with Watford to avert a heavy sanction should they appoint Marco Silva, the former head coach at Vicarage Road, as manager. Silva is Everton's choice to replace the outgoing Sam Allardyce, but the acrimony following an alleged illegal approach last November has not receded, despite the Portuguese coach's subsequent dismissal by Watford. The Hornets want significant compensation for the disruption to their campaign and have filed an official complaint to the Premier League. In the most extreme scenario, Everton face a points deduction if the accusations of ‘poaching’ are proven, but a fine is the greater possibility should it go that far. Watford claim illegal negotiations were conducted following the sacking of Ronald Koeman in October, a point they first raised in a public statement in January when dismissing Silva. The Premier League urged the clubs to mediate rather than launch their own probe, and there was a meeting between Everton and Watford in April in an effort to resolve differences. Sam Allardyce is on the verge of leaving Everton Credit: Action Images At the same meeting Watford felt they had received an assurance Silva would not be pursued by Everton this summer. That guarantee does not look solid now, with Silva the preference to take over once Allardyce’s brief reign is formally ended. If Silva becomes Everton's next manager, Watford are ready to explore all options at their disposal under Premier League rules. Allardyce's exit should be confirmed by Wednesday night – Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is arranging a meeting with the ex-England boss to thrash out the exit terms, which is expected to be presented in a statement as ‘mutually agreed’. Allardyce recognised he could not continue given the negative fan reaction to his brief tenure. Silva has been in limbo since his sacking, monitoring developments on Merseyside and waiting to see if the opportunity he craved early last season would again present itself. He too is in dispute with Watford regarding alleged breach of contract, a matter being handled by the League Managers Association. Crucially, he did not have a ‘break clause’ in his Watford deal at the end of his first season, so reviving negotiations with Everton will irk his former club, given their suspicions a deal was actually agreed six months ago. Telegraph Sport's Premier League goals of the season The complications may delay a quick appointment. Unless Everton and Watford can agree a package it could prove a lengthy legal dispute, especially if the Premier League are forced to intervene. More likely is Everton agreeing to pay significant compensation, but Watford have already rejected £12million. That was when Everton first targeted Silva when he was still in employment. The costs of recruiting a new coach are piling up for Moshiri. As well as compensation upwards of £12m, he will have to pay Allardyce the remaining year of his Goodison contract. That amounts to £6m. Silva was earning £2.4m a year at Vicarage Road, so will have been offered a healthy salary increase to move to Everton. Everton are still paying Koeman a portion of his £6m a year salary as part of his termination agreement, despite his new job as Holland head coach. His Everton contract had 16 months to run when he was sacked. And in 2016, Everton had to pay Roberto Martinez £10m following his exit. Moshiri knows his wish to recruit Silva comes at some cost. He must hope the new manager is more successful at satisfying the club’s fanbase as his immediate predecssors, earning himself time at the start of next season. Everton can ill afford another recruitment error on and off the pitch.
Everton will hold talks with Watford to avoid possible points deduction if they appoint Marco Silva
Everton will hold talks with Watford to avert a heavy sanction should they appoint Marco Silva, the former head coach at Vicarage Road, as manager. Silva is Everton's choice to replace the outgoing Sam Allardyce, but the acrimony following an alleged illegal approach last November has not receded, despite the Portuguese coach's subsequent dismissal by Watford. The Hornets want significant compensation for the disruption to their campaign and have filed an official complaint to the Premier League. In the most extreme scenario, Everton face a points deduction if the accusations of ‘poaching’ are proven, but a fine is the greater possibility should it go that far. Watford claim illegal negotiations were conducted following the sacking of Ronald Koeman in October, a point they first raised in a public statement in January when dismissing Silva. The Premier League urged the clubs to mediate rather than launch their own probe, and there was a meeting between Everton and Watford in April in an effort to resolve differences. Sam Allardyce is on the verge of leaving Everton Credit: Action Images At the same meeting Watford felt they had received an assurance Silva would not be pursued by Everton this summer. That guarantee does not look solid now, with Silva the preference to take over once Allardyce’s brief reign is formally ended. If Silva becomes Everton's next manager, Watford are ready to explore all options at their disposal under Premier League rules. Allardyce's exit should be confirmed by Wednesday night – Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is arranging a meeting with the ex-England boss to thrash out the exit terms, which is expected to be presented in a statement as ‘mutually agreed’. Allardyce recognised he could not continue given the negative fan reaction to his brief tenure. Silva has been in limbo since his sacking, monitoring developments on Merseyside and waiting to see if the opportunity he craved early last season would again present itself. He too is in dispute with Watford regarding alleged breach of contract, a matter being handled by the League Managers Association. Crucially, he did not have a ‘break clause’ in his Watford deal at the end of his first season, so reviving negotiations with Everton will irk his former club, given their suspicions a deal was actually agreed six months ago. Telegraph Sport's Premier League goals of the season The complications may delay a quick appointment. Unless Everton and Watford can agree a package it could prove a lengthy legal dispute, especially if the Premier League are forced to intervene. More likely is Everton agreeing to pay significant compensation, but Watford have already rejected £12million. That was when Everton first targeted Silva when he was still in employment. The costs of recruiting a new coach are piling up for Moshiri. As well as compensation upwards of £12m, he will have to pay Allardyce the remaining year of his Goodison contract. That amounts to £6m. Silva was earning £2.4m a year at Vicarage Road, so will have been offered a healthy salary increase to move to Everton. Everton are still paying Koeman a portion of his £6m a year salary as part of his termination agreement, despite his new job as Holland head coach. His Everton contract had 16 months to run when he was sacked. And in 2016, Everton had to pay Roberto Martinez £10m following his exit. Moshiri knows his wish to recruit Silva comes at some cost. He must hope the new manager is more successful at satisfying the club’s fanbase as his immediate predecssors, earning himself time at the start of next season. Everton can ill afford another recruitment error on and off the pitch.
Quelques heures après l'annonce de la décision du tribunal indépendant de l'ITF, qui l'a blanchie après trois «no-show», Alizé Cornet a exprimé son «extrême soulagement», mardi.
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Quelques heures après l'annonce de la décision du tribunal indépendant de l'ITF, qui l'a blanchie après trois «no-show», Alizé Cornet a exprimé son «extrême soulagement», mardi.
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Ah, Rome! The annual Masters event is usually seen as a glamorous week of dolce vita – but that was hardly the experience of the crowd on NextGen Arena, as Kyle Edmund slugged his way to a scratchy victory in damp and chilly conditions. Spectators could be seen jogging on the spot to keep warm as Edmund struggled to subdue the challenge of Malek Jaziri, the world No 64 from Tunisia. The quality of play was spotty at best, as witnessed by a combined total of exactly 100 unforced errors by the two players. But Edmund won ugly, scraping his way into the second round by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 margin. For Edmund’s progress into the world’s elite to continue, he needs to be able to deal with the tennis equivalent of a wet Wednesday at Stoke. We saw him take out an all-time great last week, in the shape of Novak Djokovic. But that was of zero benefit on Monday night, particularly while he was spraying the ball in all directions during a messy second set. The NextGen Arena is the poor relation of Rome’s courts, flung out in the far corner of the otherwise lovely Foro Italico site, and at that stage the tennis was matching its surroundings. Edmund’s inaccuracy could partly be explained by a dramatic change in conditions. He played his quarter-final in Madrid on Friday night, falling just short against the 19-year-old wunderkind Denis Shapovalov. But that was at an altitude of just over 2,000 feet, which meant that the ball sped through the court with a little extra zip. Malek Jaziri hinted at a possible upset Credit: getty images These Roman courts can also be lively when the weather is hot, but clay is a moody surface that responds in all manner of unpredictable ways. On Monday, the red dirt slowed everything down, damping Edmund’s trademark forehand and allowing Jaziri – who is relatively underpowered at this level – to scramble his way close to an upset win. The impressive part of the evening was the way Edmund lifted his level in the final half-hour. Having won only 31 per cent of deciding sets in 2017, he is up into the mid-50s this season. “I had to work hard for the match,” said Edmund afterwards. “It’s just different coming from Madrid, it’s one extreme to the other in the conditions. The ball flies there, whereas it’s tough to get cheap points here, because it’s so heavy. In the second set I was giving him too many second serves. I knew I had to step up a bit and turn the momentum my way again.” At least Edmund can now settle down and acclimatise for his second-round match against either Andreas Seppi – the Italian who beat him in Monte Carlo last month – or 16th seed Lucas Pouille. This is an important week, because a good run could carry him into the top 16 seeds for the French Open. Johanna Konta came through her match against Magdalena Rybarikova Credit: getty images Earlier, Johanna Konta, the other British No 1, had won her opening match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Neither of these women is particularly comfortable on clay but Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, was the more obvious fish out of water as she went down to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat. “It was a bit of a battle,” said Konta afterwards, “but I expected that. We played last week in the first round as well and it was the same scenario. I had a lot of break chances in the first three of her service games [which went begging] and coming through that can be quite tough, but I stayed tough, believing that I was playing the right way.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, told the Women’s Tennis Association website that his charge will play at the French Open in just under a fortnight’s time. “She is working extremely hard,” said Mouratoglou. “She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros.”
Kyle Edmund wins scrappy affair to scrape into Rome Masters second round
Ah, Rome! The annual Masters event is usually seen as a glamorous week of dolce vita – but that was hardly the experience of the crowd on NextGen Arena, as Kyle Edmund slugged his way to a scratchy victory in damp and chilly conditions. Spectators could be seen jogging on the spot to keep warm as Edmund struggled to subdue the challenge of Malek Jaziri, the world No 64 from Tunisia. The quality of play was spotty at best, as witnessed by a combined total of exactly 100 unforced errors by the two players. But Edmund won ugly, scraping his way into the second round by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 margin. For Edmund’s progress into the world’s elite to continue, he needs to be able to deal with the tennis equivalent of a wet Wednesday at Stoke. We saw him take out an all-time great last week, in the shape of Novak Djokovic. But that was of zero benefit on Monday night, particularly while he was spraying the ball in all directions during a messy second set. The NextGen Arena is the poor relation of Rome’s courts, flung out in the far corner of the otherwise lovely Foro Italico site, and at that stage the tennis was matching its surroundings. Edmund’s inaccuracy could partly be explained by a dramatic change in conditions. He played his quarter-final in Madrid on Friday night, falling just short against the 19-year-old wunderkind Denis Shapovalov. But that was at an altitude of just over 2,000 feet, which meant that the ball sped through the court with a little extra zip. Malek Jaziri hinted at a possible upset Credit: getty images These Roman courts can also be lively when the weather is hot, but clay is a moody surface that responds in all manner of unpredictable ways. On Monday, the red dirt slowed everything down, damping Edmund’s trademark forehand and allowing Jaziri – who is relatively underpowered at this level – to scramble his way close to an upset win. The impressive part of the evening was the way Edmund lifted his level in the final half-hour. Having won only 31 per cent of deciding sets in 2017, he is up into the mid-50s this season. “I had to work hard for the match,” said Edmund afterwards. “It’s just different coming from Madrid, it’s one extreme to the other in the conditions. The ball flies there, whereas it’s tough to get cheap points here, because it’s so heavy. In the second set I was giving him too many second serves. I knew I had to step up a bit and turn the momentum my way again.” At least Edmund can now settle down and acclimatise for his second-round match against either Andreas Seppi – the Italian who beat him in Monte Carlo last month – or 16th seed Lucas Pouille. This is an important week, because a good run could carry him into the top 16 seeds for the French Open. Johanna Konta came through her match against Magdalena Rybarikova Credit: getty images Earlier, Johanna Konta, the other British No 1, had won her opening match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Neither of these women is particularly comfortable on clay but Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, was the more obvious fish out of water as she went down to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat. “It was a bit of a battle,” said Konta afterwards, “but I expected that. We played last week in the first round as well and it was the same scenario. I had a lot of break chances in the first three of her service games [which went begging] and coming through that can be quite tough, but I stayed tough, believing that I was playing the right way.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, told the Women’s Tennis Association website that his charge will play at the French Open in just under a fortnight’s time. “She is working extremely hard,” said Mouratoglou. “She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros.”
Ah, Rome! The annual Masters event is usually seen as a glamorous week of dolce vita – but that was hardly the experience of the crowd on NextGen Arena, as Kyle Edmund slugged his way to a scratchy victory in damp and chilly conditions. Spectators could be seen jogging on the spot to keep warm as Edmund struggled to subdue the challenge of Malek Jaziri, the world No 64 from Tunisia. The quality of play was spotty at best, as witnessed by a combined total of exactly 100 unforced errors by the two players. But Edmund won ugly, scraping his way into the second round by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 margin. For Edmund’s progress into the world’s elite to continue, he needs to be able to deal with the tennis equivalent of a wet Wednesday at Stoke. We saw him take out an all-time great last week, in the shape of Novak Djokovic. But that was of zero benefit on Monday night, particularly while he was spraying the ball in all directions during a messy second set. The NextGen Arena is the poor relation of Rome’s courts, flung out in the far corner of the otherwise lovely Foro Italico site, and at that stage the tennis was matching its surroundings. Edmund’s inaccuracy could partly be explained by a dramatic change in conditions. He played his quarter-final in Madrid on Friday night, falling just short against the 19-year-old wunderkind Denis Shapovalov. But that was at an altitude of just over 2,000 feet, which meant that the ball sped through the court with a little extra zip. Malek Jaziri hinted at a possible upset Credit: getty images These Roman courts can also be lively when the weather is hot, but clay is a moody surface that responds in all manner of unpredictable ways. On Monday, the red dirt slowed everything down, damping Edmund’s trademark forehand and allowing Jaziri – who is relatively underpowered at this level – to scramble his way close to an upset win. The impressive part of the evening was the way Edmund lifted his level in the final half-hour. Having won only 31 per cent of deciding sets in 2017, he is up into the mid-50s this season. “I had to work hard for the match,” said Edmund afterwards. “It’s just different coming from Madrid, it’s one extreme to the other in the conditions. The ball flies there, whereas it’s tough to get cheap points here, because it’s so heavy. In the second set I was giving him too many second serves. I knew I had to step up a bit and turn the momentum my way again.” At least Edmund can now settle down and acclimatise for his second-round match against either Andreas Seppi – the Italian who beat him in Monte Carlo last month – or 16th seed Lucas Pouille. This is an important week, because a good run could carry him into the top 16 seeds for the French Open. Johanna Konta came through her match against Magdalena Rybarikova Credit: getty images Earlier, Johanna Konta, the other British No 1, had won her opening match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Neither of these women is particularly comfortable on clay but Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, was the more obvious fish out of water as she went down to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat. “It was a bit of a battle,” said Konta afterwards, “but I expected that. We played last week in the first round as well and it was the same scenario. I had a lot of break chances in the first three of her service games [which went begging] and coming through that can be quite tough, but I stayed tough, believing that I was playing the right way.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, told the Women’s Tennis Association website that his charge will play at the French Open in just under a fortnight’s time. “She is working extremely hard,” said Mouratoglou. “She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros.”
Kyle Edmund wins scrappy affair to scrape into Rome Masters second round
Ah, Rome! The annual Masters event is usually seen as a glamorous week of dolce vita – but that was hardly the experience of the crowd on NextGen Arena, as Kyle Edmund slugged his way to a scratchy victory in damp and chilly conditions. Spectators could be seen jogging on the spot to keep warm as Edmund struggled to subdue the challenge of Malek Jaziri, the world No 64 from Tunisia. The quality of play was spotty at best, as witnessed by a combined total of exactly 100 unforced errors by the two players. But Edmund won ugly, scraping his way into the second round by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 margin. For Edmund’s progress into the world’s elite to continue, he needs to be able to deal with the tennis equivalent of a wet Wednesday at Stoke. We saw him take out an all-time great last week, in the shape of Novak Djokovic. But that was of zero benefit on Monday night, particularly while he was spraying the ball in all directions during a messy second set. The NextGen Arena is the poor relation of Rome’s courts, flung out in the far corner of the otherwise lovely Foro Italico site, and at that stage the tennis was matching its surroundings. Edmund’s inaccuracy could partly be explained by a dramatic change in conditions. He played his quarter-final in Madrid on Friday night, falling just short against the 19-year-old wunderkind Denis Shapovalov. But that was at an altitude of just over 2,000 feet, which meant that the ball sped through the court with a little extra zip. Malek Jaziri hinted at a possible upset Credit: getty images These Roman courts can also be lively when the weather is hot, but clay is a moody surface that responds in all manner of unpredictable ways. On Monday, the red dirt slowed everything down, damping Edmund’s trademark forehand and allowing Jaziri – who is relatively underpowered at this level – to scramble his way close to an upset win. The impressive part of the evening was the way Edmund lifted his level in the final half-hour. Having won only 31 per cent of deciding sets in 2017, he is up into the mid-50s this season. “I had to work hard for the match,” said Edmund afterwards. “It’s just different coming from Madrid, it’s one extreme to the other in the conditions. The ball flies there, whereas it’s tough to get cheap points here, because it’s so heavy. In the second set I was giving him too many second serves. I knew I had to step up a bit and turn the momentum my way again.” At least Edmund can now settle down and acclimatise for his second-round match against either Andreas Seppi – the Italian who beat him in Monte Carlo last month – or 16th seed Lucas Pouille. This is an important week, because a good run could carry him into the top 16 seeds for the French Open. Johanna Konta came through her match against Magdalena Rybarikova Credit: getty images Earlier, Johanna Konta, the other British No 1, had won her opening match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Neither of these women is particularly comfortable on clay but Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, was the more obvious fish out of water as she went down to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat. “It was a bit of a battle,” said Konta afterwards, “but I expected that. We played last week in the first round as well and it was the same scenario. I had a lot of break chances in the first three of her service games [which went begging] and coming through that can be quite tough, but I stayed tough, believing that I was playing the right way.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, told the Women’s Tennis Association website that his charge will play at the French Open in just under a fortnight’s time. “She is working extremely hard,” said Mouratoglou. “She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros.”
Ah, Rome! The annual Masters event is usually seen as a glamorous week of dolce vita – but that was hardly the experience of the crowd on NextGen Arena, as Kyle Edmund slugged his way to a scratchy victory in damp and chilly conditions. Spectators could be seen jogging on the spot to keep warm as Edmund struggled to subdue the challenge of Malek Jaziri, the world No 64 from Tunisia. The quality of play was spotty at best, as witnessed by a combined total of exactly 100 unforced errors by the two players. But Edmund won ugly, scraping his way into the second round by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 margin. For Edmund’s progress into the world’s elite to continue, he needs to be able to deal with the tennis equivalent of a wet Wednesday at Stoke. We saw him take out an all-time great last week, in the shape of Novak Djokovic. But that was of zero benefit on Monday night, particularly while he was spraying the ball in all directions during a messy second set. The NextGen Arena is the poor relation of Rome’s courts, flung out in the far corner of the otherwise lovely Foro Italico site, and at that stage the tennis was matching its surroundings. Edmund’s inaccuracy could partly be explained by a dramatic change in conditions. He played his quarter-final in Madrid on Friday night, falling just short against the 19-year-old wunderkind Denis Shapovalov. But that was at an altitude of just over 2,000 feet, which meant that the ball sped through the court with a little extra zip. Malek Jaziri hinted at a possible upset Credit: getty images These Roman courts can also be lively when the weather is hot, but clay is a moody surface that responds in all manner of unpredictable ways. On Monday, the red dirt slowed everything down, damping Edmund’s trademark forehand and allowing Jaziri – who is relatively underpowered at this level – to scramble his way close to an upset win. The impressive part of the evening was the way Edmund lifted his level in the final half-hour. Having won only 31 per cent of deciding sets in 2017, he is up into the mid-50s this season. “I had to work hard for the match,” said Edmund afterwards. “It’s just different coming from Madrid, it’s one extreme to the other in the conditions. The ball flies there, whereas it’s tough to get cheap points here, because it’s so heavy. In the second set I was giving him too many second serves. I knew I had to step up a bit and turn the momentum my way again.” At least Edmund can now settle down and acclimatise for his second-round match against either Andreas Seppi – the Italian who beat him in Monte Carlo last month – or 16th seed Lucas Pouille. This is an important week, because a good run could carry him into the top 16 seeds for the French Open. Johanna Konta came through her match against Magdalena Rybarikova Credit: getty images Earlier, Johanna Konta, the other British No 1, had won her opening match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Neither of these women is particularly comfortable on clay but Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, was the more obvious fish out of water as she went down to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat. “It was a bit of a battle,” said Konta afterwards, “but I expected that. We played last week in the first round as well and it was the same scenario. I had a lot of break chances in the first three of her service games [which went begging] and coming through that can be quite tough, but I stayed tough, believing that I was playing the right way.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, told the Women’s Tennis Association website that his charge will play at the French Open in just under a fortnight’s time. “She is working extremely hard,” said Mouratoglou. “She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros.”
Kyle Edmund wins scrappy affair to scrape into Rome Masters second round
Ah, Rome! The annual Masters event is usually seen as a glamorous week of dolce vita – but that was hardly the experience of the crowd on NextGen Arena, as Kyle Edmund slugged his way to a scratchy victory in damp and chilly conditions. Spectators could be seen jogging on the spot to keep warm as Edmund struggled to subdue the challenge of Malek Jaziri, the world No 64 from Tunisia. The quality of play was spotty at best, as witnessed by a combined total of exactly 100 unforced errors by the two players. But Edmund won ugly, scraping his way into the second round by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 margin. For Edmund’s progress into the world’s elite to continue, he needs to be able to deal with the tennis equivalent of a wet Wednesday at Stoke. We saw him take out an all-time great last week, in the shape of Novak Djokovic. But that was of zero benefit on Monday night, particularly while he was spraying the ball in all directions during a messy second set. The NextGen Arena is the poor relation of Rome’s courts, flung out in the far corner of the otherwise lovely Foro Italico site, and at that stage the tennis was matching its surroundings. Edmund’s inaccuracy could partly be explained by a dramatic change in conditions. He played his quarter-final in Madrid on Friday night, falling just short against the 19-year-old wunderkind Denis Shapovalov. But that was at an altitude of just over 2,000 feet, which meant that the ball sped through the court with a little extra zip. Malek Jaziri hinted at a possible upset Credit: getty images These Roman courts can also be lively when the weather is hot, but clay is a moody surface that responds in all manner of unpredictable ways. On Monday, the red dirt slowed everything down, damping Edmund’s trademark forehand and allowing Jaziri – who is relatively underpowered at this level – to scramble his way close to an upset win. The impressive part of the evening was the way Edmund lifted his level in the final half-hour. Having won only 31 per cent of deciding sets in 2017, he is up into the mid-50s this season. “I had to work hard for the match,” said Edmund afterwards. “It’s just different coming from Madrid, it’s one extreme to the other in the conditions. The ball flies there, whereas it’s tough to get cheap points here, because it’s so heavy. In the second set I was giving him too many second serves. I knew I had to step up a bit and turn the momentum my way again.” At least Edmund can now settle down and acclimatise for his second-round match against either Andreas Seppi – the Italian who beat him in Monte Carlo last month – or 16th seed Lucas Pouille. This is an important week, because a good run could carry him into the top 16 seeds for the French Open. Johanna Konta came through her match against Magdalena Rybarikova Credit: getty images Earlier, Johanna Konta, the other British No 1, had won her opening match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Neither of these women is particularly comfortable on clay but Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, was the more obvious fish out of water as she went down to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat. “It was a bit of a battle,” said Konta afterwards, “but I expected that. We played last week in the first round as well and it was the same scenario. I had a lot of break chances in the first three of her service games [which went begging] and coming through that can be quite tough, but I stayed tough, believing that I was playing the right way.” Meanwhile, Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, told the Women’s Tennis Association website that his charge will play at the French Open in just under a fortnight’s time. “She is working extremely hard,” said Mouratoglou. “She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros.”
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
Rui Faria in line to be offered Benfica job after leaving Manchester United
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
Rui Faria in line to be offered Benfica job after leaving Manchester United
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
La ville de Jérusalem va inaugurer ce lundi la nouvelle ambassade des Etats-Unis en Israël, jusqu’ici située à Tel-Aviv. A cette occasion, le Beitar, un club réputé pour ses idées d’extrême droite, a décidé de changer de nom en l’honneur de Donald Trump.
Israël: le Beitar Jérusalem change de nom en l’honneur de Donald Trump
La ville de Jérusalem va inaugurer ce lundi la nouvelle ambassade des Etats-Unis en Israël, jusqu’ici située à Tel-Aviv. A cette occasion, le Beitar, un club réputé pour ses idées d’extrême droite, a décidé de changer de nom en l’honneur de Donald Trump.
La ville de Jérusalem va inaugurer ce lundi la nouvelle ambassade des Etats-Unis en Israël, jusqu’ici située à Tel-Aviv. A cette occasion, le Beitar, un club réputé pour ses idées d’extrême droite, a décidé de changer de nom en l’honneur de Donald Trump.
Israël: le Beitar Jérusalem change de nom en l’honneur de Donald Trump
La ville de Jérusalem va inaugurer ce lundi la nouvelle ambassade des Etats-Unis en Israël, jusqu’ici située à Tel-Aviv. A cette occasion, le Beitar, un club réputé pour ses idées d’extrême droite, a décidé de changer de nom en l’honneur de Donald Trump.
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
IPL 2018: Underrated Ambati Rayudu is an asset for India in limited overs after proving his worth time and again
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
IPL 2018: Underrated Ambati Rayudu is an asset for India in limited overs after proving his worth time and again
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
IPL 2018: Underrated Ambati Rayudu is an asset for India in limited overs after proving his worth time and again
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
IPL 2018: Underrated Ambati Rayudu is an asset for India in limited overs after proving his worth time and again
For someone who was touted to be the next big thing in Indian cricket circuit, Ambati Rayudu has had an underwhelming career so far. However, the stars seem to be finally aligning for him. On Sunday, in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he scored his first-ever Twenty20 hundred to guide the Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs. The 32-year-old began his first-class career at the age of 16, was called up for India 'A' side the following year and captained the U-19 side at the ICC World Cup in 2004. With India making it to the semi-finals in the 2004 U-19 World Cup, Rayudu's ascension into the senior team was just a matter of time. Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Superkings celebrates his century. SPORTZPICS for BCCI However, it took Rayudu nine more years to make his ODI debut in the national colours, where he scored an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe to become the oldest Indian debutant to score a fifty. A stint at the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) did his reputation no good and it was the IPL that brought him back into the reckoning after a string of all-round performances for his first franchise, Mumbai Indians. Doubling up as a wicketkeeper for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, Rayudu had an impressive first season that saw him score 356 runs at a strike rate of 144.71. He continued his good form with the bat and gloves as he scored more than 300 runs in 2011 and 2012. Not to forget, Rayudu won the IPL title with Mumbai in 2013. After strong domestic performances in the Ranji Trophy, he was named in India's ODI squad to Zimbabwe. Rayudu was included in the squad when India toured Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand in the next couple of years, but didn't get to play many matches on tour. Rayudu's cameos in the Asia Cup 2014 was negated by his poor run with the bat in the subsequent tour of Bangladesh. His maiden ODI century came against West Indies at Ahmedabad. Eleven years after captaining the U-19 side, Rayudu was named in India's 2015 World Cup squad but did not appear in any matches. After being an automatic choice for the second-string team that India sent to Zimbabwe in 2015 and 2016, Rayudu dropped out of reckoning once again. Throughout his on and off involvement with the Indian limited-overs side, the one constant in his career was his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rayudu was an integral part of the three-time champions Mumbai till 2017. This year, he was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2.2 crore. In retrospect, this was one of Chennai's smartest and most effective buys as Rayudu has already breached the 500-run mark for the first time in his IPL career at an average of 48.63 and an impressive strike rate of 152.9. On Sunday, Rayudu was adjudged the man of the match for his unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the best bowling attacks in this edition's IPL. In the post-match presentation, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in his praise of the right-handed batsman from Hyderabad. He said, "Right from the start, I rated him as someone who can give a good start. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. He is someone who doesn't look like a big hitter but clears the field everytime he plays the big shot." And big shots is what Rayudu has been playing with extreme ease in the company of Shane Watson at the top. His 134-run opening partnership with Watson in Sunday's clash against Sunrisers was the first 100-run stand against an effective SRH in this season. On Sunday, Dhoni also revealed that opening the Chennai innings with Rayudu and Watson was a pre-season decision. Rayudu began his Chennai stint with a quickfire 22 and 39 in his first two matches. He dropped down the order to make way for Murali Vijay and was runout after a strokeful 49 in the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Once again promoted up the order in the match against Rajasthan he edged out early in the innings and in the next match had to make way for Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. However, walking in at No 4, Rayudu smashed a blistering 79 off just 37 balls, falling to a runout 34 runs short of the target, which was then surpassed by Dhoni and Suresh Raina. This innings against Sunrisers was the start of the consistency that was missing from Rayudu's career. Back to the opening slot against Royal Challengers Bangalore, his 82 off 53 laid the platform for Dhoni to go berserk with his unbeaten 70 off 34 balls to chase down 205 at the Chinnaswamy stadium. After scoring a quickfire 46 against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause, he once again made way for du Plessis at the top and walked in at No 4 to score yet another fast-paced 41. And for the third time this season, he was run out. In the reverse fixture against Bangalore, he was the top scorer for Chennai in a low-scoring game with yet another 30-plus score. Rayudu's consistent batting performances for the CSK earned him an Indian ODI team call-up for the England tour. After brushing off a rare failure with the bat at the top of the order in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he celebrated his comeback into the limelight with a blistering century on Sunday. True to Dhoni's words of Rayudu being a player who plays all kinds of bowling and has the ability to go for the big ones, the 32-year-old has tackled the powerplay, battled the middle overs and provided the proverbial late flourish in the death. His 29 sixes this season is just two short of Rishabh Pant who leads the six-hitting pack with 31. Rayudu is enjoying his stint at the top and believes that if a player is good at 4-day cricket then playing at any position wouldn't be much of a hassle. Talking about his comeback into the Indian team, Rayudu said, "I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there." Considering the dynamic nature of India's limited overs side, the ability to be an asset at any stage of the game will hold Rayudu in good stead when the Virat Kohli-led Indian team embark on a mission to conquer an all-important frontier. A month earlier, Rayudu's name wasn't even mentioned in the same breath as the England tour. Such are the vagaries of cricket and the unpredictability of the shortest format that makes heroes out of players in obscurity. In 2014, Rayudu was part of the Indian team that overcame the ignominy of the 3-1 Test defeat by winning the ODI series by the same margin. After four years, in yet another tour of England, Rayudu gets the opportunity to stake his claim in the playing XI. However, Rayudu's job with the CSK is far from over as Dhoni and Co are well on course for winning their third title in their comeback season. And if there is anyone in the CSK team that knows about winning three IPL titles and more importantly knows about a comeback or two, it is Ambati Rayudu.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau outlines G7 goals
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau outlines G7 goals
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau outlines G7 goals
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau outlines G7 goals
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he tells AFP in an exclusive interview. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Joel Wilkinson has accused the AFL of extreme racism
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Joel Wilkinson has accused the AFL of extreme racism
Jürgen Klopp gets animated on the Stamford Bridge touchline.
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Jürgen Klopp gets animated on the Stamford Bridge touchline.
Jürgen Klopp shows signs of strain at prospect of extreme late swing
Jürgen Klopp shows signs of strain at prospect of extreme late swing
Jürgen Klopp shows signs of strain at prospect of extreme late swing
Jürgen Klopp shows signs of strain at prospect of extreme late swing
Jürgen Klopp shows signs of strain at prospect of extreme late swing
Jürgen Klopp shows signs of strain at prospect of extreme late swing
A hot hatch to the extreme.
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A hot hatch to the extreme.
Capitals forward T.J. Oshie defended Wilson's high check on Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese and called the ban "very extreme."
NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals unhappy with Tom Wilson suspension
Capitals forward T.J. Oshie defended Wilson's high check on Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese and called the ban "very extreme."
Dans la série « The Way Of The Wildcard », découvrez des portraits consacrés aux sportifs de l'extrême. Cette semaine, focus sur Casey Brown, spécialiste du VTT slopestyle, surnommée la rideuse « aux pieds nus » depuis son enfance. Cette dernière vivait alors dans une maison située à huit heures de la première route, et vagabondait sur ses premiers sentiers de terre sans porter de chaussures.
VTT - Casey Brown, la rideuse « aux pieds nus »
Dans la série « The Way Of The Wildcard », découvrez des portraits consacrés aux sportifs de l'extrême. Cette semaine, focus sur Casey Brown, spécialiste du VTT slopestyle, surnommée la rideuse « aux pieds nus » depuis son enfance. Cette dernière vivait alors dans une maison située à huit heures de la première route, et vagabondait sur ses premiers sentiers de terre sans porter de chaussures.
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers arrives before the game against the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2018 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Win-or-leave home? LeBron facing extreme Game 7 vs. Pacers
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers arrives before the game against the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2018 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Michigan standout Maurice Hurst Jr. fell way too far down the draft board, and Jon Gruden and the Raiders should benefit.
2018 NFL Draft: Maurice Hurst Jr.'s extreme draft slide ends in good spot with Raiders
Michigan standout Maurice Hurst Jr. fell way too far down the draft board, and Jon Gruden and the Raiders should benefit.
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians seek to keep campaign afloat against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in crucial clash
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians seek to keep campaign afloat against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in crucial clash
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians seek to keep campaign afloat against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in crucial clash
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians seek to keep campaign afloat against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in crucial clash
Pune: An embattled Mumbai Indians' (MI) fight for survival in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) adopted home ground in Pune on Saturday, an uphill task given their opponents' form and formidable line-up. Action from the first-leg match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. Sportzpics The heartbreaking one-wicket defeat in the lung-opener is fresh in their minds but Mumbai Indians will have to play out of their skins to exact revenge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket, and with a ball to spare. MI are too keen to get back to winning ways after two straight reverses. It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai have managed only one win in their six matches, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit has won five of their six games. The shifting of games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune. For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a must-win encounter. The Mumbai batsmen, barring Suryakumar Yadav, have struggled in the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so has Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Suryakumar, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect all to score heavily on Saturday. Save his match-winning 94 against Royal Challengers Banglore, Rohit has failed to get past 20 runs in five games. He would be hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI can ask him to open and bring Suryakumar at No 4. Even in terms of bowling, MI have failed to perform as a unit. When someone performed exceedingly well, he lacked support from the other end. The 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for MI and he has grabbed 10 wickets from six games. But others like death over-specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations. If the star-studded CSK batting line-up has to be restricted, the two will have to play their part to perfection. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been leaking runs, especially in the end. On the other hand, Chennai would take confidence from their last win when a vintage Dhoni helped the team chase a stiff target of 206 against RCB. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batsmen – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his batsmen on a pitch that usually aids them. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir and Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another win for Chennai would consolidate their position in the table. Teams: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy. Match starts at 8pm.
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This extreme sport on ice started with Bond
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Is it more exciting on ice? From drifting to motocross, racing is taking on a twist in cold countries.
This extreme sport on ice started with Bond
Is it more exciting on ice? From drifting to motocross, racing is taking on a twist in cold countries.
Is it more exciting on ice? From drifting to motocross, racing is taking on a twist in cold countries.
This extreme sport on ice started with Bond
Is it more exciting on ice? From drifting to motocross, racing is taking on a twist in cold countries.
Is it more exciting on ice? From drifting to motocross, racing is taking on a twist in cold countries.
This extreme sport on ice started with Bond
Is it more exciting on ice? From drifting to motocross, racing is taking on a twist in cold countries.
<p>The Wizards&#39; problems closing games came back to bite them in an extreme way on Wednesday night in Game 5.</p>
Fourth quarter has been an issue for the Wizards in series vs. Raptors

The Wizards' problems closing games came back to bite them in an extreme way on Wednesday night in Game 5.

Arsene Wenger has opened the door on the extraordinary prospect of returning to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium with another team after admitting that he hopes to continue in elite European club competition. “I hope these are not my last European cup games – my target is to play in Europe again,” said Wenger, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. He had earlier replied that &quot;the timing was not really my decision&quot; in response to a direct question about why he was leaving a year before his contract ends and also revealed uncertainty about the imminent prospect of ending his record-breaking 22-year tenure in North London. “I’ve had no break [from football management] for 35 years,” said Wenger. “You can look around, and that doesn’t exist. I don’t know now how addicted I am. I am like a guy who plays Russian roulette every week and suddenly has no gun. I will see how much I miss that gun. “You live always in extreme situations. When I started at 33, I thought I would never survive in this job, but you learn to dominate your emotions. You are never sure if you do the right thing. It will be surreal when I don’t work. At the moment I work.” So, might he take as much as a year out, like Pep Guardiola did ­between his jobs at Barcelona and Bayern Munich? “It’s long – 365 days,” said Wenger, frowning at the thought. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager&#39;s possible destinations Looking relaxed and speaking more expansively than he generally has in recent years, Wenger also urged Arsenal to again be bold in hiring his successor if they judge him right for the job. “I wish that all goes well,” said Wenger, who famously arrived in 1996 to the headline: ‘Arsene Who?’ “You do not give 22 years of your life for something, go away and want things to collapse. Maybe when you have a big ego at 40, you think the world cannot live without you. At my age you understand the world continues and you wish that it continues better. “This team has quality. Two years ago, we finished second [in the Premier League]. Last year, we had 75 points and won the FA Cup and Charity Shield. We reached the ­final of the League Cup and a European semi-final. “I am convinced with two or three additions this team has the quality to fight for the championship. You will not be short of candidates. Green outside, nice trees, good grass. Fantastic. No pollution. Until the press conference starts.” Wenger rocked back grinning at himself with that final remark, but he also made no attempt to disguise how, for the first time, he has not been dictating the club’s direction. He admitted the timing of his departure announcement “was not ­really my decision” and again referenced those fans who have been campaigning for his exit. The fans&#39; unhappiness played a part in Wenger&#39;s departure Credit: Getty images The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday that he was facing the prospect of being told to leave this summer anyway and, with Wenger also concerned at how fan disunity was harming the club’s image, the decision was made. “When some people are unhappy it is not always a majority, but they get the attention and they look like a majority,” he said. “I think people are intelligent and can make the difference between moments of unhappiness and global satisfaction for what I brought to the club. People will realise that to qualify for the Champions League for 20 consecutive years is not as easy it looks.” Of reports that other clubs were already trying to contact him, Wenger said: “They will find my phone number, don’t worry. At the moment, I’m not ready to commit to anything else but Arsenal.” For all his evident sadness at leaving, Wenger was willing to discuss the succession and he spoke positively about former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and also his former captains, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta. How Arsene Wenger&#39;s potential replacements would change Arsenal “They need to make the right decision, even if you have to be bold,” he said. “Is it former people who worked here? That is even better. But there are many players who had qualities. I don’t influence that choice, but I will stand behind the decision. Of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.” Although Arsenal still have four more matches to play in the Premier League, Wenger knows that the mood of his departure will be defined also entirely by the Europa League and his quest for a first ­European trophy. Wenger has previously taken Arsenal to the final of both the Champions League and Uefa Cup – and he also reached the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup with Monaco in 1992. The Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, when Arsenal went down to 10 men and led until the 76th minute, remains the biggest regret of his career. “We played that year against ­Juventus, who had Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet and Vieira – and Madrid who had Zidane, Beckham, Figo and Ronaldo,” he said. “It would have been the greatest achievement. The history of the club [Arsenal] has become very demanding but the longer history of the club is not so bright that you can say the club has won 10 European Cups. It will feel an anticlimax of course if we don’t reach the final. I don’t know if there a perfect goodbye. I just want to give my best.” Meanwhile, Atletico manager Diego Simeone last night distanced himself from any suggestions he could be Wenger’s successor, saying he had not spoken to anyone at Arsenal and that he “loves it” at the Madrid club. Although Petr Cech is fit, Wenger is expected to make the surprise selection of continuing with David Ospina as his Europa League goalkeeper.
Arsene Wenger: I want to manage another top European club
Arsene Wenger has opened the door on the extraordinary prospect of returning to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium with another team after admitting that he hopes to continue in elite European club competition. “I hope these are not my last European cup games – my target is to play in Europe again,” said Wenger, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. He had earlier replied that "the timing was not really my decision" in response to a direct question about why he was leaving a year before his contract ends and also revealed uncertainty about the imminent prospect of ending his record-breaking 22-year tenure in North London. “I’ve had no break [from football management] for 35 years,” said Wenger. “You can look around, and that doesn’t exist. I don’t know now how addicted I am. I am like a guy who plays Russian roulette every week and suddenly has no gun. I will see how much I miss that gun. “You live always in extreme situations. When I started at 33, I thought I would never survive in this job, but you learn to dominate your emotions. You are never sure if you do the right thing. It will be surreal when I don’t work. At the moment I work.” So, might he take as much as a year out, like Pep Guardiola did ­between his jobs at Barcelona and Bayern Munich? “It’s long – 365 days,” said Wenger, frowning at the thought. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations Looking relaxed and speaking more expansively than he generally has in recent years, Wenger also urged Arsenal to again be bold in hiring his successor if they judge him right for the job. “I wish that all goes well,” said Wenger, who famously arrived in 1996 to the headline: ‘Arsene Who?’ “You do not give 22 years of your life for something, go away and want things to collapse. Maybe when you have a big ego at 40, you think the world cannot live without you. At my age you understand the world continues and you wish that it continues better. “This team has quality. Two years ago, we finished second [in the Premier League]. Last year, we had 75 points and won the FA Cup and Charity Shield. We reached the ­final of the League Cup and a European semi-final. “I am convinced with two or three additions this team has the quality to fight for the championship. You will not be short of candidates. Green outside, nice trees, good grass. Fantastic. No pollution. Until the press conference starts.” Wenger rocked back grinning at himself with that final remark, but he also made no attempt to disguise how, for the first time, he has not been dictating the club’s direction. He admitted the timing of his departure announcement “was not ­really my decision” and again referenced those fans who have been campaigning for his exit. The fans' unhappiness played a part in Wenger's departure Credit: Getty images The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday that he was facing the prospect of being told to leave this summer anyway and, with Wenger also concerned at how fan disunity was harming the club’s image, the decision was made. “When some people are unhappy it is not always a majority, but they get the attention and they look like a majority,” he said. “I think people are intelligent and can make the difference between moments of unhappiness and global satisfaction for what I brought to the club. People will realise that to qualify for the Champions League for 20 consecutive years is not as easy it looks.” Of reports that other clubs were already trying to contact him, Wenger said: “They will find my phone number, don’t worry. At the moment, I’m not ready to commit to anything else but Arsenal.” For all his evident sadness at leaving, Wenger was willing to discuss the succession and he spoke positively about former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and also his former captains, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal “They need to make the right decision, even if you have to be bold,” he said. “Is it former people who worked here? That is even better. But there are many players who had qualities. I don’t influence that choice, but I will stand behind the decision. Of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.” Although Arsenal still have four more matches to play in the Premier League, Wenger knows that the mood of his departure will be defined also entirely by the Europa League and his quest for a first ­European trophy. Wenger has previously taken Arsenal to the final of both the Champions League and Uefa Cup – and he also reached the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup with Monaco in 1992. The Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, when Arsenal went down to 10 men and led until the 76th minute, remains the biggest regret of his career. “We played that year against ­Juventus, who had Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet and Vieira – and Madrid who had Zidane, Beckham, Figo and Ronaldo,” he said. “It would have been the greatest achievement. The history of the club [Arsenal] has become very demanding but the longer history of the club is not so bright that you can say the club has won 10 European Cups. It will feel an anticlimax of course if we don’t reach the final. I don’t know if there a perfect goodbye. I just want to give my best.” Meanwhile, Atletico manager Diego Simeone last night distanced himself from any suggestions he could be Wenger’s successor, saying he had not spoken to anyone at Arsenal and that he “loves it” at the Madrid club. Although Petr Cech is fit, Wenger is expected to make the surprise selection of continuing with David Ospina as his Europa League goalkeeper.
Arsene Wenger has opened the door on the extraordinary prospect of returning to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium with another team after admitting that he hopes to continue in elite European club competition. “I hope these are not my last European cup games – my target is to play in Europe again,” said Wenger, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. He had earlier replied that &quot;the timing was not really my decision&quot; in response to a direct question about why he was leaving a year before his contract ends and also revealed uncertainty about the imminent prospect of ending his record-breaking 22-year tenure in North London. “I’ve had no break [from football management] for 35 years,” said Wenger. “You can look around, and that doesn’t exist. I don’t know now how addicted I am. I am like a guy who plays Russian roulette every week and suddenly has no gun. I will see how much I miss that gun. “You live always in extreme situations. When I started at 33, I thought I would never survive in this job, but you learn to dominate your emotions. You are never sure if you do the right thing. It will be surreal when I don’t work. At the moment I work.” So, might he take as much as a year out, like Pep Guardiola did ­between his jobs at Barcelona and Bayern Munich? “It’s long – 365 days,” said Wenger, frowning at the thought. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager&#39;s possible destinations Looking relaxed and speaking more expansively than he generally has in recent years, Wenger also urged Arsenal to again be bold in hiring his successor if they judge him right for the job. “I wish that all goes well,” said Wenger, who famously arrived in 1996 to the headline: ‘Arsene Who?’ “You do not give 22 years of your life for something, go away and want things to collapse. Maybe when you have a big ego at 40, you think the world cannot live without you. At my age you understand the world continues and you wish that it continues better. “This team has quality. Two years ago, we finished second [in the Premier League]. Last year, we had 75 points and won the FA Cup and Charity Shield. We reached the ­final of the League Cup and a European semi-final. “I am convinced with two or three additions this team has the quality to fight for the championship. You will not be short of candidates. Green outside, nice trees, good grass. Fantastic. No pollution. Until the press conference starts.” Wenger rocked back grinning at himself with that final remark, but he also made no attempt to disguise how, for the first time, he has not been dictating the club’s direction. He admitted the timing of his departure announcement “was not ­really my decision” and again referenced those fans who have been campaigning for his exit. The fans&#39; unhappiness played a part in Wenger&#39;s departure Credit: Getty images The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday that he was facing the prospect of being told to leave this summer anyway and, with Wenger also concerned at how fan disunity was harming the club’s image, the decision was made. “When some people are unhappy it is not always a majority, but they get the attention and they look like a majority,” he said. “I think people are intelligent and can make the difference between moments of unhappiness and global satisfaction for what I brought to the club. People will realise that to qualify for the Champions League for 20 consecutive years is not as easy it looks.” Of reports that other clubs were already trying to contact him, Wenger said: “They will find my phone number, don’t worry. At the moment, I’m not ready to commit to anything else but Arsenal.” For all his evident sadness at leaving, Wenger was willing to discuss the succession and he spoke positively about former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and also his former captains, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta. How Arsene Wenger&#39;s potential replacements would change Arsenal “They need to make the right decision, even if you have to be bold,” he said. “Is it former people who worked here? That is even better. But there are many players who had qualities. I don’t influence that choice, but I will stand behind the decision. Of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.” Although Arsenal still have four more matches to play in the Premier League, Wenger knows that the mood of his departure will be defined also entirely by the Europa League and his quest for a first ­European trophy. Wenger has previously taken Arsenal to the final of both the Champions League and Uefa Cup – and he also reached the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup with Monaco in 1992. The Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, when Arsenal went down to 10 men and led until the 76th minute, remains the biggest regret of his career. “We played that year against ­Juventus, who had Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet and Vieira – and Madrid who had Zidane, Beckham, Figo and Ronaldo,” he said. “It would have been the greatest achievement. The history of the club [Arsenal] has become very demanding but the longer history of the club is not so bright that you can say the club has won 10 European Cups. It will feel an anticlimax of course if we don’t reach the final. I don’t know if there a perfect goodbye. I just want to give my best.” Meanwhile, Atletico manager Diego Simeone last night distanced himself from any suggestions he could be Wenger’s successor, saying he had not spoken to anyone at Arsenal and that he “loves it” at the Madrid club. Although Petr Cech is fit, Wenger is expected to make the surprise selection of continuing with David Ospina as his Europa League goalkeeper.
Arsene Wenger: I want to manage another top European club
Arsene Wenger has opened the door on the extraordinary prospect of returning to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium with another team after admitting that he hopes to continue in elite European club competition. “I hope these are not my last European cup games – my target is to play in Europe again,” said Wenger, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. He had earlier replied that "the timing was not really my decision" in response to a direct question about why he was leaving a year before his contract ends and also revealed uncertainty about the imminent prospect of ending his record-breaking 22-year tenure in North London. “I’ve had no break [from football management] for 35 years,” said Wenger. “You can look around, and that doesn’t exist. I don’t know now how addicted I am. I am like a guy who plays Russian roulette every week and suddenly has no gun. I will see how much I miss that gun. “You live always in extreme situations. When I started at 33, I thought I would never survive in this job, but you learn to dominate your emotions. You are never sure if you do the right thing. It will be surreal when I don’t work. At the moment I work.” So, might he take as much as a year out, like Pep Guardiola did ­between his jobs at Barcelona and Bayern Munich? “It’s long – 365 days,” said Wenger, frowning at the thought. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations Looking relaxed and speaking more expansively than he generally has in recent years, Wenger also urged Arsenal to again be bold in hiring his successor if they judge him right for the job. “I wish that all goes well,” said Wenger, who famously arrived in 1996 to the headline: ‘Arsene Who?’ “You do not give 22 years of your life for something, go away and want things to collapse. Maybe when you have a big ego at 40, you think the world cannot live without you. At my age you understand the world continues and you wish that it continues better. “This team has quality. Two years ago, we finished second [in the Premier League]. Last year, we had 75 points and won the FA Cup and Charity Shield. We reached the ­final of the League Cup and a European semi-final. “I am convinced with two or three additions this team has the quality to fight for the championship. You will not be short of candidates. Green outside, nice trees, good grass. Fantastic. No pollution. Until the press conference starts.” Wenger rocked back grinning at himself with that final remark, but he also made no attempt to disguise how, for the first time, he has not been dictating the club’s direction. He admitted the timing of his departure announcement “was not ­really my decision” and again referenced those fans who have been campaigning for his exit. The fans' unhappiness played a part in Wenger's departure Credit: Getty images The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday that he was facing the prospect of being told to leave this summer anyway and, with Wenger also concerned at how fan disunity was harming the club’s image, the decision was made. “When some people are unhappy it is not always a majority, but they get the attention and they look like a majority,” he said. “I think people are intelligent and can make the difference between moments of unhappiness and global satisfaction for what I brought to the club. People will realise that to qualify for the Champions League for 20 consecutive years is not as easy it looks.” Of reports that other clubs were already trying to contact him, Wenger said: “They will find my phone number, don’t worry. At the moment, I’m not ready to commit to anything else but Arsenal.” For all his evident sadness at leaving, Wenger was willing to discuss the succession and he spoke positively about former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and also his former captains, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal “They need to make the right decision, even if you have to be bold,” he said. “Is it former people who worked here? That is even better. But there are many players who had qualities. I don’t influence that choice, but I will stand behind the decision. Of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.” Although Arsenal still have four more matches to play in the Premier League, Wenger knows that the mood of his departure will be defined also entirely by the Europa League and his quest for a first ­European trophy. Wenger has previously taken Arsenal to the final of both the Champions League and Uefa Cup – and he also reached the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup with Monaco in 1992. The Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, when Arsenal went down to 10 men and led until the 76th minute, remains the biggest regret of his career. “We played that year against ­Juventus, who had Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet and Vieira – and Madrid who had Zidane, Beckham, Figo and Ronaldo,” he said. “It would have been the greatest achievement. The history of the club [Arsenal] has become very demanding but the longer history of the club is not so bright that you can say the club has won 10 European Cups. It will feel an anticlimax of course if we don’t reach the final. I don’t know if there a perfect goodbye. I just want to give my best.” Meanwhile, Atletico manager Diego Simeone last night distanced himself from any suggestions he could be Wenger’s successor, saying he had not spoken to anyone at Arsenal and that he “loves it” at the Madrid club. Although Petr Cech is fit, Wenger is expected to make the surprise selection of continuing with David Ospina as his Europa League goalkeeper.
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