Bolts return to PBA finals

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday also at the Big Dome.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESRanidel De Ocampo has churned out countless highlight reels throughout his career in a TNT uniform.On Thursday night, the 13-year veteran brought his winning act to the Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary TNT, Ginebra out to break semis tie De Ocampo hit one of his patented jumpers that keyed a 91-88 overtime win at the expense of the Star Hotshots to send the Bolts back to the finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.“It’s really hard to close out the series because our opponents are in a do-or-die situation,” said De Ocampo, whose shot near the top of the arc with 1:17 remaining provided the cushion that Meralco badly needed in the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAllen Durham again made a strong case to replicate his personal reward anew after scoring 24 points on top of 19 rebounds and six assists.But a far more meaningful hardware has kept the reigning best import highly motivated. “It’s been our goal since the beginning of the conference to be in the finals. Now, we’re back,” said Durham.Effectively filling up the void left by the injured Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and rookie Jio Jalalon picked up the slack for the Hotshots, who fought for survival on sustained grit and hustle before being swept in their best-of-five semifinal series.Lee was ruled out the rest of the season for the ailing left knee that forced Star coach Chito Victolero to bench his prized guard in Game 2.He was scheduled to go through surgery early Friday and would rest six to eight weeks to heal completely.TNT KaTropa, meanwhile, hopes to keep control of its own best-of-five affair against Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mourinho joined United in 2016 on a three-year contract with the option to stay until at least 2020. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “It is impossible to last for so long (at one club),” Mourinho said. “If, in this moment, I wanted to finish my career in two, three, four or five years then I would say yes, I want to finish my career with Manchester United.”The Portuguese coach was responding to comments he made about his future at United in an interview conducted with French television that aired on Sunday. In that interview, he also spoke in glowing terms about Paris Saint-Germain and the French club’s bid to shake up the established order in Europe with their recent recruitment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The answer is that nothing is happening: I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for PSG,” Mourinho said about his situation. “I am at Manchester United and I have a contract. And that is it.”“I was asked,” he added, “how is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 to 20 years in the same club? I think Arsene Wenger is the last one at Arsenal. It is impossible for us with everything that surrounds the job, all of the pressures that surround the job.” Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho listens to questions during a news conference at Benfica’s Luz stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Manchester United will face Benfica Wednesday in a Champions League group A soccer match. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)LISBON, Portugal — Jose Mourinho believes the days of a coach lasting “15 to 20 years in the same club” are over, making it unlikely he will end his managerial career at Manchester United.Speaking ahead of United’s Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday, the 54-year-old Mourinho said he plans to stay in soccer management for “15 years minimum.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury in Celtics’ season-opener View commentslast_img read more

Cold-blooded Dela Virgen, clutch Pontejos carry JRU to second win

first_imgZubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget PLAY LIST 01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City GO FOR GOLD 103 — Gutang 26, Salem 25, Dixon 11, Naboa 11, Leutcheu 8, Gaco 7, Alejandro 6, Young 5, Domingo 2, Tang 2, San Juan 0.Quarters: 27-25, 49-53, 79-79, 104-103. The Heavy Bombers moved up to 2-0, joining Wangs Basketball-Letran on top of the standings.Justin Gutang was a revelation for Go for Gold (1-1) as he poured 26 points on an ultra-efficient 10-of-11 shooting from the field, while also tallying six rebounds and four assists off the bench.Matt Salem got 25 markers powered by five treys, while also hauling down nine boards.The Scores:JRU 104 — Dela Virgen 28, Pontejos 20, Apinan 16, Esguerra 11, Mendoza 11, Tayongtong 11, Grospe 3, Yu 3, Mvogo 1, De Guzman 0.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NCAA volleyball: Shock loss to Arellano fire up San Beda LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESMJ Dela Virgen had ice in his veins, pumping three treys in the final five minutes, but Jose Rizal University needed one last heroic from its veterans to gain a 104-103 victory over Go for Gold Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Paolo Pontejos took the mantle for the Heavy Bombers and scored the go-ahead layup with 7.2 seconds left to keep his side unbeaten through two games after Dela Virgen exploded for 13 points in the payoff period.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “When we got a big lead, we relaxed a bit. But I’m happy that we’re able to recover and the composure of the veterans were there,” said coach Gio Lasquety as his side lost hold of a 99-90 lead in the final 3:41.The Scratchers had one last gasp to take the game, but returning TY Tang could not find the mark with his three at the buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDela Virgen led JRU with 28 points on a 6-of-9 sniping from three to go with his five assists, three rebounds, and two steals.Pontejos added 20 markers, five dimes, and three boards, while Jeckster Apinan had 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the win. Read Nextlast_img read more

Round 10: Pacquiao puts Horn on the backfoot

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao again slowing down, he seems be encouraging Horn to fight.Pacquiao throwing jabs to set up his left but Horn back pedals, and Pacquiao connects with the left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHorn’s power is gone. LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:17Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jeff Horn of Australia, left, lands a left to Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, right, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn clinches and he cherry picks.The referee, though, told Horn to step up this round otherwise he’ll stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Round 9: Pacquiao unleashes the fury Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

Indian hockey eves thrash Malaysia in Asiad opener

first_imgIndian eves started their campaign in style in the hockey event of the 16th Asian Games, thrashing lowly Malaysia 4-0 in their opening Group A match in Guangzhou on Saturday.India were by far the better side on display under lights at the Aoti hockey field on Saturday evening as they controlled the game during the entire 70 minutes and pumped in four field goals to start their campaign on a winning note.Thokchom Chanchan Devi opened the scoring for India in the 26th minute from a field strike but that was all that coach Sandeep Somesh’s girls could manage in the opening period.However, after the change of ends it was a different story as Deepika doubled India’s lead in the 43rd minute and then after 10 minutes Rani Rampal made it 3-0.Captain Surinder Kaur too registered her name in the scoresheet, scoring India’s fourth goal just three minutes from the hooter in the one-sided affair.India will face Japan in their next group match on November 16.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Jeeps of joy

first_imgSreeraj Unnithan with his vintage jeepFlaunting their ageless charm and beauty, the jeeps of the bygone era are attracting Bangloreans. People here have always had a penchant for the old and rugged, but over the years new age machines and style has taken over substance, at least on the roads.,Sreeraj Unnithan with his vintage jeepFlaunting their ageless charm and beauty, the jeeps of the bygone era are attracting Bangloreans. People here have always had a penchant for the old and rugged, but over the years new age machines and style has taken over substance, at least on the roads. The last few years have seen that change with both youngsters and well as older and more experienced riders looking for, and taking pride in these tough machines that have weathered many storms.Agreed, the rugged CJs and Willys do not fit into definitions of conventional stunners. They lack the sensuous curves and sleek styling that the world drools over. But these vehicles were made for fighting battles. Like generals during war, they earn their spurs through sheer grit and passion, braving the storm without as much as a dent. They command a presence that is impossible to ignore. “I love the what-you-see-is-what-you-get honesty they exude,” says Sreeraj Unnithan, 34, a team leader in a software firm. “Look a jeep in the eye and you know it means business,” he adds.Suresh Kumar SP, 48-year-old senior scientist with the Defence Research & Development Organisation, stumbled upon his CJ 340 by accident. A free-spirited biker and nature lover, he chanced upon a stray entry in the local classifieds that offered security on four wheels minus the confinement that comes bundled with it. “I jumped at this best-of-both-worlds offer,” he says.But Kumar was lucky. These elusive vehicles don’t come so easy. They can’t be picked off showroom shelves and most enthusiasts either import or buy them from old garages and army disposal auctions. “You can choose to showcase them but these blue-blooded warriors are meant to rule the road,” says Rajesh Narayanan, clarifying that ‘vintage’ does not reflect snob value. Many of these vehicles are close to three decades old, and some date back much earlier.advertisementTextbook trivia goes that when Bantam introduced the first prototype during World War II, enamoured American soldiers informally christened the jeep after the popular cartoon character Eugene, Popeye’s jungle pet. And this was because; it was small, able to move between dimensions and could solve seemingly impossible problems. ‘Small’ is a subjective term, but the rest holds true to the many individuals who push these gentle beasts to the limit. Offroading or all-terrain riding, is a major draw to jeep communities across the country. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always a ‘guy thing.’Rajesh Narayanan and Jayakrishnan MSapna Gurukar, 31, does not feel women look at offroading any differently from men. Drawn to the wheel watching husband Chandan in a few early tournaments, she confesses to being hooked by the sport. “You aren’t a speed devil on these tournaments, just a careful driver. That works perfectly for me,” she says. And the encouragement she has received from the word ‘go’ has been heartening. “I love the expressions on some of the men’s faces as they watch a woman step out of the macho machine. It’s a strange mix of incredulity and admiration,” she quips.Though from a distance they all seem alike-a hazy blur in military colours-owners believe each vehicle has a distinct personality. Jayakrishnan M, 34, a HR professional, calls his CJ 3B ‘Dwarf’. “It’s short-shafted, deceptively docile, and can surprise you with its temper,” he says. The other names are equally evocative. ‘Spidey’ crosses any obstacle in his path and ‘Gajini’ has inscriptions carved on his muscular frame.Buying one sets you back only by as little as two to three lakhs, but that’s just a fraction of the expense that goes into maintaining it. Very few mechanics are trained to handle breakdowns and spares, if available, come at steep prices. “On a lighter vein, if ‘jeep’ was an abbreviation, just empty every pocket wouldn’t be a bad option,” says Jayakrishnan.Despite the challenges, the thrills of a ride are incomparable. In some cases, functional modifications are made to make them slightly more comfortable, but don’t expect cushy leather upholstery or frilly makeovers. These are real men. Meant for the tough at heart. Once you step on it, life is never the same again. And who dares disagree. Vintage triviaCommon Vintage Military Models: Ford GPW,Willys MB,CJ2A,CJ3A.Willys: Willys built the first civilian Jeeps (CJ) soon after World War II.CJ 3B: This model has the maximum sale around the world. Close to 5,00,000 across companies worldwide.Cost of vinatge jeeps: Rs 3,00,000 lakhs.Cost of older models: Older models like the Ford GPWand Willys MB may fetch more than Rs 5,00,000 lakhs.Common Indian models: MM540 and MM550XD (Military).advertisementlast_img read more

Numero uno spot at stake for India

first_imgIndia face South Africa in the first of a three-Test cricket series starting at the Super Sport Park in Centurion on Thursday.India will not only try to retain their No. 1 spot in the Test rankings but will try to improve their poor record in South Africa.Described as the “final frontier” by coach Gary Kirsten, world number two South Africa will look to exploit the Indian batsmen’s well-known susceptibility to the rising deliveries on bouncy tracks and the hosts have the necessary arsenal to do that — the most potent of their weapons being world number one pacer Dale Steyn.The Indians go into the series well aware that they have won just one out of the 12 Tests they have played in South Africa. Even if they didn’t, Graeme Smith’s men have not missed an opportunity to remind the visitors of the unflattering record ever since their arrival.In fact, the pre-series verbal sparring has added the ting of drama to the series which would make the contest even more interesting.When South African coach Corrie van Zyl stated that “record books don’t lie” in an apparent reference to India’s over the years poor showing here, India coach Gary Kirsten was quick to retort that things have changed in the past couple of years.Indeed, things do seem to have changed as the Indians have been on a dream run in the Test arena, winning seven of their last nine series, but most of them have come on the turning tracks of the sub-continent.advertisementThe pace and bounce of South Africa would not be as easy to adapt considering the visitors go into the series without playing a single warm-up match.Add to this, the Indians also have to deal with a couple of injury worries in pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth. Zaheer suffered a hamstring injury during the fourth ODI against New Zealand while Sreesanth hurt himself during training.Zaheer and Sreesanth are crucial to the team’s chances given the conditions and it would be a massive jolt if they are ruled out.The conditions, in fact, would prove to be India’s biggest challenge against a quality opposition but captain Dhoni said the his side is ready with a blend of youth and experience to record their first Test series win in South Africa.”It will be important for us to adapt to the conditions. Yet I believe we will be better prepared than before, because the guys have played here in the IPL and in the Champions League and it is not that foreign to them,” Dhoni said.”We do not pay attention to what history says about what happened here in the past. We do not think too much about the statistics,” he added.Dhoni’s confidence does not seem misplaced considering the Indian batting line-up boasts of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, who would be gunning for his historic 50th Test ton, the aggressive opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and the ever-reliable middle-order mainstays Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.Suresh Raina provides the touch of youth and it would be interesting to see how the likes of Steyn, the lanky Morne Morkel and the exciting Wayne Parnell unsettle such a formidable combination.In comparison, the South African batting may not be as experienced but it is no less dangerous with Smith being the rock.The inspirational captain has veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis, the prolific Hashim Amla and the in-form A B de Villiers for company in an impressive order which would be difficult to contain in home conditions.The hosts have the edge on the bowling front with the tearaway pace of Steyn being the major difference.India would be looking mainly towards Zaheer to provide the spark with Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth doing the back-up job.Given the interesting build-up, it promises to be a mouth-watering contest between two sides who are battling it out to fill in the void that has been created by Australia’s decline as the clear numero uno team in the world.The only spoilsport could be the weather with the forecast of rain here this week.SquadsSouth Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Djokovic beats del Potro to advance in French Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic extended his perfect start to the season at the French Open on Saturday, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his 40th straight victory this year.Djokovic, who has not lost in 42 matches dating back to last year’s Davis Cup final, returned to Court Suzanne Lenglen on Saturday after splitting the opening two sets on Friday – before the match was suspended because of darkness.But the second-seeded Serbian had no problems on the second day of his match against Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion.He had 41 winners to Del Potro’s 22 and had four of his five breaks in the final two sets. Rafael Nadal also appeared to put his struggles behind him, advancing to the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 win over Croatian qualifier Antonio Veic. Australian Open runners-up Andy Murray and Li Na also advanced.Djokovic’s 40-0 start to 2011 is the second-best opening streak in the Open era, which started in 1968.The two-time Grand Slam champion’s overall winning streak of 42 is only four less than the record set by Guillermo Vilas in 1977.Djokovic entered the French Open after defeating Nadal in two clay-court finals, making him a co-favourite for his first French Open title.In the next round, Djokovic will face No. 13 Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman advanced to the fourth round with a victory on Friday.Nadal, who needed five sets to win his opening match at Roland Garros, had only 18 unforced errors and managed to break his opponent nine times.advertisementThe five-time French Open champion has been dominant at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005.His only loss at the claycourt Grand Slam came in 2009, when he was lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round, giving him a 41-1 record at the tournament. But this year, Nadal started off with a bit of a wobble, needing five sets to down John Isner.In the second round, Nadal defeated Pablo Andujar.”I did a few things much better than the previous days,” Nadal said. “Just the beginning of the second, for moments of the second set, I had a few more mistakes. But for the rest of the match, I think I started to have better control of the ball.”Andy Murray moved into the next round despite an injury scare in the second set when he twisted his right ankle. He eventually overcame Michael Berrer 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.The fourth-seeded Scot called for a trainer and had his ankle taped before returning to the court and breaking his German opponent on the next point.”I just rolled my ankle, and then, obviously, pretty sore for the rest of the match,” said Murray.Murray will next face Victor Troicki of Serbia, who beat No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.Also, 2010 French Open finalist Robin Soderling beat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3, and will next face 18th seeded Gilles Simon who defeated American Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.The sixth-seeded Li defeated Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 6- 2 and will next face No. 9 Petra Kvitova. Kvitova downed Vania King of the United States 6-4, 6-2, while Ekaterina Makarova of Russia eliminated No. 16 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-4, 7-5 and No. 15 Andrea Petkovic of Germany beat No. 24 Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.Seventh seeded Maria Sharapova moved into the fourth round beating Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei 6-2, 6-3.In the next round, Sharapova will be up against No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, who outplayed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-4, 6-4.Fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus also advanced, beating No. 30 Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-2.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Nothing clicked for us, admits Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday admitted that “nothing has clicked for the team” so far in the Test series against England and they have only played to 60 per cent of their potential.”Nothing has clicked for us in this Test series. We have only managed to perform upto 60 to 65 per cent of our potential. The key to doing well at the highest level is the ability to keep the good balls away and punish the loose deliveries consistently. We didn’t do that,” Dhoni said after they were thrashed by an innings and 242 runs to lose the series and the world number spot at Edgbaston here.Questioned about the worrying factor that the margin of loss is getting bigger and bigger, Dhoni answered, “A loss is a loss. We need to work a lot on both batting and bowling front. Congratulations to England for being the No. 1 side.”As usual Dhoni tried to play down the issue of rankings which he has always done during his interaction with the media.”I have always stressed about playing consistent cricket.Being number 1 or not is not of much importance. But as a unit you need to play consistent cricket. Once you are at the top, it’s like a Cat & Mouse game where other teams are trying to catch up with you. This is the first series that we have lost in last two and half years,” Dhoni stated.Dhoni also sidestepped the raging issue about lack of preparation which may have led to this disaster.advertisement”I never really thought about it. We have tried to utilise whatever opportunities we got.”The skipper felt that although fans expect them to win each and every series, it is not possible practically.Dhoni couldn’t explain the reason why his much-vaunted batting line-up has failed to cross 300-run mark in six innings. But he ruled out that age was a factor with his premier batsmen.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Duncan Fletcher meets BCCI chief as his role comes under scanner

first_imgThe president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), N. Srinivasan, on Tuesday met the national team’s chief coach Duncan Fletcher to discuss a host of issues ahead of Team India’s tour of Sri Lanka.BCCI sources said Srinivasan visited the team hotel and met Fletcher. India’s Test series debacles in England and Australia dominated the discussion as the matter was raised during the last two meetings of the BCCI working committee, they said.Former Indian captain and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president Anil Kumble had raised the issue during the last BCCI working committee meeting. He had questioned whether the BCCI has sought answers from Fletcher regarding India’s disastrous performances in England and Australia.The season starting with the Sri Lankan tour would be crucial for Team India and its Zimbabwean coach as his main job would be to contain the continued slide of World Champions in the longer format.Fletcher’s role has been under scanner ever since he took charge from his South African predecessor Gary Kirsten last year.The fact that India would be hosting New Zealand, England and Australia for their next 10 Tests might work in favour of Fletcher.last_img read more