IPL 2018: Rode my luck at times, says Jos Buttler after scripting RR win

first_imgJos Buttler played a magnificent innings on Friday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium against Chennai Super Kings as Rajasthan Royals stunned Chennai Super Kings by four wickets.Buttler scored an unbeaten 95 in 60 deliveries to take RR home in a last-over thriller that saw him score all the required 12 runs.Krishnappa Gowtham’s 4-ball 13 had set up things for Buttler coming into the last over and the English international kept his nerves to complete a phenomenal day.”Definitely, especially in the IPL (finest T20 innings) I have hit my straps. Tonight to get my side home, it’s always special to be not out in the end,” Buttler said after receiving his man-of-the-match award.Buttler began the RR innings in a menacing manner, hitting David Willey for consecutive boundaries in the first three deliveries and played the controlling and stable part in the middle, only to explode in the last moments to bring home the win.”As we’ve seen, the wicket plays really well in the first six. Just tried to capitalize on that. Couldn’t quite get it away, rode my luck at times,” Buttler added.MS Dhoni gave the last over to Dwayne Bravo but Buttler picked two runs in each of the first three deliveries before smashing him for a six in the fourth and then finished it off with a couple in the second-last delivery.Dhoni mentioned after the match that the bowlers let them down but Buttler showed class and a calm head out in the field to keep RR alive in the competition.advertisement”Dwayne Bravo is one of the best in the world, but you always get the feeling that it’s about two hits. Relatively big ground here too, so can take twos.”Buttler said that his family was there to witness his innings on Friday and it was special to actually perform in front of the them.”My family is here and it’s special to perform when my mum, wife, aunt, and uncle are here.”Earlier, Buttler became only the third batsman after Virat Kohli to score four consecutive half-centuries in the history of the Indian Premier League. Virender Sehwag holds the record for most successive fifties in the IPL – back in 2012, he had hit five on-the-trot for Delhi Daredevils.Like Buttler mentioned in the post-match presentation, he did ride his luck as he was dropped thrice and once by Dhoni as well.Earlier, Suresh Raina scored his 33rd IPL fifty and MS Dhoni provided a late flourish but RR managed to keep Chennai Super Kings to 176/5 and the disciplined bowling of their bowlers eventually proved to be massive.last_img read more

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan congratulate Indian kabaddi team after World Cup triumph

    first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi and a hosts of celebrities from sports and Bollywood today congratulated the Indian team for winning the Kabaddi World Cup after defeating Iran.India fought off a tough challenge from Iran to win their third successive Kabaddi World Cup.In perhaps the most exciting match of this World Cup, the Indians overturned a first-half deficit with a superb second-half performance to win 38-29.India have thus won all the three Kabaddi World Cups held so far. They have beaten Iran in the finals of all the three editions.Congratulations to Indian team for winning the Kabaddi World Cup. The team showed exceptional skills, grit & determination. Well done! Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 22, 2016T 2419 – INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! INDIA RULES !! baaaaddduuummmbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !! pic.twitter.com/j4WhZlKKOW Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 22, 2016T 2419 – sadiyon pehle jo hamara ‘mor takht’ le gaye the, aisa laga aaj wapas mil gaya BHARAT ko .. INDIA WINS THRONE !! pic.twitter.com/X8PTgcUEqI Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 22, 2016India invented Kabaddi & r World Champs for 8th time.Elsewhere some country invented Cricket & r yet only good in correcting typos.#INDvIRN pic.twitter.com/IG9fucAMMo Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 22, 2016Kabaddi?kabaddi?kabaddi. We are home. Congratulations India. Third title on the trot! Well done Anup, Ajay & the whole team. Champions! Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 22, 2016Congratulations Indian Kabaddi team for winning the #kabaddiworldcup2016 ???Gr8 team effort???You made us proud. Keep it up??? @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/P7gk5KZmQLadvertisement VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 22, 2016Many congratulations to the Indian Kabaddi Team on another World Cup win! A nation watched on as you defined domination in the sport. Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 22, 2016@IamAnupK Congratulations to u (Kabaddi World Cup winners team India) ….Big salute to the Indian team… ??????????????? Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 22, 2016last_img read more

  • We know how to draw Tests now: Virat Kohli

    first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was unhappy with the amount of grass left on the pitch for the opening Test against England after his side had to fight hard to eke out a draw in an intriguing final session on Sunday. (Scorecard)Kohli ensured the honours were shared with the touring side with a defiant 49 after his side, ranked number one in the world, was reduced to 132 for six, chasing an improbable target of 310 for victory.”I was quite surprised to see that much grass, to be honest,” the 28-year-old Kohli said. “It should not have been the case.”Kohli would have hoped for more assistance for his spinners from the pitch at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, making its debut as a Test centre, given England’s recent struggles on turning tracks in Bangladesh. (Exclusive: Why’s Virat Kohli such a class act? Sourav Ganguly explains)Kohli dented England’s hopes of a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with a fifth-wicket stand of 47 with Ravichandran Ashwin and another crucial partnership of 40 for the seventh wicket with local man Ravindra Jadeja.He thought the hard-fought draw would stand his side in good stead in the future. (Need to move on an play well in Vizag: Kohli)”At least we know how to draw games now. Before that, some people obviously were sceptical about our side knowing how to draw games,” Kohli said. “We won games or we lost games.”I spoke with Jadeja out there that it was an opportunity for both of us to improve on another aspect of the game. Maybe in Test cricket in the future, we will have this situation again.advertisement”Maybe we will have to apply ourselves again and show character… so it was a challenging situation but one that we countered really well, I thought.” (Kohli India’s best in fourth innings battles)England’s three spinners took 13 wickets in the match, compared to their Indian counterparts who managed nine, despite having the world’s top-ranked Test bowling in off-spinner Ashwin. (Ashwin’s worst bowling figures let England dominate Rajkot Test)last_img read more

  • Is coaching the gateway to success?

    first_imgWhen business honcho Rajneesh Balhara’s son, Yash, decided to take up science in class 11 in order to pursue engineering after school, the family of entrepreneurs had little knowledge about the field. Having switched schools, 19-year-old Yash had to cope with double the pressure; of adjusting to a new environment,When business honcho Rajneesh Balhara’s son, Yash, decided to take up science in class 11 in order to pursue engineering after school, the family of entrepreneurs had little knowledge about the field. Having switched schools, 19-year-old Yash had to cope with double the pressure; of adjusting to a new environment and having to figure out how to make it in a field that thousands aspire to be part of. Turning to a coaching institute seemed the only feasible option.”Coaching institutes give you a platform to streamline your preparation,” says Yash, who is now pursuing computer science engineering from Amity University, Noida. “Going to an institute for entrance preparation makes life a lot easier. They do the planning for you and you only need to focus on your studies,” he adds.Yash, who trained at Vidyamandir Classes, Pitampura, Delhi, for two years, is one of the innumerable students who join coaching institutes in the hope of cracking competitive exams. The success stories of these centres mushrooming across the country are more than two decade old, and today, classroom coaching is as integral to a student’s life as school education. A few years ago, we only knew of big names in the business that provided coaching for most popular courses such as IIT-JEE, AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) and MBA, but today, a student can find a class for almost any field of study.Cut-throat CompetitionGone are the days when coaching was considered a tool to help the academically weak. An estimated 7.1 crore students across the country take coaching or tuitions according to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report published this year. The survey states that on an average, 35 per cent of all high school students enrol for private tuitions, and so do around 20 per cent undergraduate students and 13 per cent postgraduate students. Rise in competition is touted as the foremost reason for the increase in popularity of coaching institutes.advertisement”The format of competitive exams changes every year and it has become difficult for students to keep pace. Students seek overall guidance because with the difficulty level increasing frequently, they don’t know where else to look. Even if they decide to prepare at home through books and other material, they will still have queries. They feel that expert help can be enlisted at coaching institutes to clarify their doubts. Besides, coaching institutes also give aspirants a sense of what the actual competition will be like,” says Anil Nagar, Co-founder and CEO, Career Power, Delhi. The competition, no doubt, is unbelievably high. Every year, more than 10 lakh students take the IIT-JEE mains. Only around two lakh qualify for JEE advanced, and eventually, just over 10,000 make it to the hallowed public engineering institutes. The case is similar for other entrance exams. Around five lakh appear for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and over six lakh students for the AIPMT. Only a few thousands qualify. The failure rate for AIPMT is 99.4 per cent.This increase in competition drives students to push harder and they often feel that school education is not enough. Schools focus not only on academic growth but on a student’s overall growth as a result of which, they feel the depth and difficulty level of education is not the same.”Schools are important and they cannot be substituted. But coaching institutes provide that additional academic push that students require to crack the toughest of exams,” says Surender Chauhan, Associate Director, Aakash Institute, Janakpuri, Delhi. The idea is echoed by others across the board who feel that in order for students to deal with the rising competition, coaching institutes are an indispensable part of the education system.Shreya Malik, a class 12 student at Holy Child School, Delhi, who takes mathematics and accounts classes at an institute, says that she is able to understand the subject better in her coaching class because of the lack of distractions otherwise present in school. “In school, there is a lot more to do; art competitions, sports days, cultural days and annual days. The focus obviously shifts. That is not the case here, because everyone comes for just one purpose.”Mind the gapMost coaching institutes, therefore, have made their mark by filling the gap supposedly created by the largely subjective education provided in schools and the logic-based and analytical approach of entrance examinations. VK Tiwari, Senior Vice-President of Bansal Classes, Kota, Rajasthan, says coaching institutes are bridging the gap created by formal education by teaching students not only what is demanded by entrance tests, but also what is required in schools. Bansal Classes is among the top five institutes in Kota that are part of the city’s `300 crore coaching industry. However, despite the growth and popularity of such institutes, the increasing pressure that they put on students cannot be ignored. Students who start taking coaching while still in school have to deal with double the stress. Many don’t complaint because of fear of disappointing their parents, while others feel they will be left behind if they don’t work as hard as their peers.advertisement”If I could, I would take back all the time that I spent on coaching,” says Manuj Chawla, an advertising professional, who took coaching at Punjabi Bagh branch of FIITJEE in Delhi three years ago.”Peer pressure, coupled with parents’ aspirations and lack of direction, led my entire batch from Bhiwani to come and attend coaching classes during weekends. It was a complete waste of time and effort. How do you expect a student to manage school studies and extra-curriculars and the pressure of performing at the coaching institute? You feel bad if you are not able to do well because your parents have paid so much to get you there,” he says.As the pressure of attending coaching classes and preparing for entrance examinations starts to build up in high school, a lot of students are also seen bunking classes in school, thinking they can cover up for it in their coaching. And, while measures have been taken to discourage such practices, students say that they aren’t left with a lot of other options. “You can’t bunk coaching classes because they follow an intensive pattern and you can get behind by several topics if you miss even one class. The only option left is to miss school sometimes. The pressure is so much,” says Mayank Sharma, a class 12 student of Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, Delhi. The high fee charged by these institutes also adds to the mental pressure. The fee for coaching institutes can range from a few thousands of rupees to Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh per annum. For students who take coaching for three to four years on end, parents can end up spending Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Children, who often hear about the struggles of repayment, are further burdened with fulfilling aspirations.Pressure to excelThere is a reason why India has among the highest rate of student suicides in the world. According to the first WHO report on suicides published in 2014, as many as 35 per cent of all suicides in the country are committed by youth. In the last five years, over 70 students have taken their lives in Kota, which is considered the coaching hub of the country. Ayush Jain, a former student of IIT Roorkee, who is now working as a global analyst with a multinational company, says that he has seen students struggle to cope with the pressure. “Coaching institutes take in a lot of students who don’t really have the aptitude for the subject. And, especially in the ones that do JEE coaching, there is an atmosphere that if you don’t clear the entrance examination, it is the end of life. That is not a healthy atmosphere to have,” he says.advertisementBut a lot of institutes are now working to change their approach towards education. Most now offer scholarships for meritorious students. Other facilities such as flexible batches and class timings, smaller batch sizes, and options to clear doubts individually are also big incentives for students. Many institutes even have trained psychologists on board. The use of technology to help students learn better is another step. Almost every coaching centre out there now has an app, or at least a website that provides students with more information about the institute as well as free preparation material. Students can access material sitting at home. That’s not the only aspect. A number of coaching institutes nowadays provide live online classes for students who are unable to attend classroom coaching for some reason. All aimed towards helping students deal with the pressure and perform.Technology makes inroads”Education is not just limited to what is taught in the classroom, it is also influenced by the interaction students have with teachers outside. It is up to the institute to facilitate such interaction. You can’t function without technology today. We have a blog with free lessons, online assignments and answers, a YouTube channel, and constant interaction with students on other social media platforms, even for topics that are not directly related to the subject. Especially with the traffic and pollution, not all students are able to attend classes, so these things become necessary,” says Mukesh Setia, Founder and Director, A.V.T.E. (A View to Education), Delhi. Other coaching institutes are also following a similar pattern. Nagar says that his website bankersadda.com is accessed by over two crore students for the free material provided. Such facilities allow students to catch up even if they miss classes, so that there is slightly less pressure on them. But there is still a lot to be done when it comes to helping students deal with the mental pressure they go through during high school years.”The increase in number of private tutors and coaching centres stems from the focus on marks in our academic system, “says Rajni Tyagi, Principal Shivalik Academy, Dehradun. Students have to be taught that it is fine to fail and that not clearing an entrance examination is not the end of life, believes Devendra Vijayvergia, Professor of Psychiatry at Medical College, Kota. He says, “Students should be allowed to explore career options apart from IITs and IIMs. They should not feel rejected or helpless if they are unable to score well. Even if they don’t score well here, they might be able to utilise what they have learnt somewhere else.” The need of the hour is to look at education from a holistic perspective and hone the individual talents of children instead of encouraging them to be a part of the rat race, believes Tyagi. Parents and students couldn’t agree more.How to shortlist the best coaching instituteAakash ChaudhryDIRECTOR, AAKASH EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, COACHING INSTITUTE, DELHISixteen-year-old Nidhi Sharma has been busy researching coaching options for the past few months. While a majority of her friends got enrolled in the same coaching class, which is more than an hour away from their respective homes, Sharma does not want to follow the crowd. She wants something closer to her home so that she can utilise her time better. Today, it has become a herculean task to find a coaching institute that suits your requirements and pockets. Some key attributes to help you choose the best one.The older the betterWell-established institutes are likely to be in high demand by students. However, try to look into the institution’s academic performance and find out how many students were successful, how many made it to the top list, the facilities provided and timings offered. Also, ensure that you’re not looking into the combined track record but referring to the particular course that you’re planning to get into.Good faculty helpsLook for a coaching centre with teachers who are easily approachable and are able to take time to clear your doubts individually. Good faculty helps create a conducive learning environment. A good teacher will conduct periodic reviews and give you proper guidance. This is highly essential for evaluating your progress at every level.Smaller batch sizesThe sole purpose of joining a coaching institute is to get personal attention. Therefore, choose an institute with limited number of students and a place where individual attention is given due importance. Fewer students means less chaos and more attention.Save time, save energyIt is essential to choose a coaching institute based on its proximity to your college or home. Going to a distant centre consumes a lot of time. The time you save from travelling can be utilised for other activities. If you have two or more shortlisted institutes, opt for the one closest to your home. In case you still prefer one that is far from your house, check for online live coaching options.Value reviews While every student has a different opinion about a particular institute, it is better to get first-hand information from your seniors before shortlisting an institute. The alumni can help motivate you to make a better decision.Study and otherpreparatory materials Find out if the institute is providing you with adequate study material such as digests, question banks and test papers and if the quality of such material is good. This way, you will not need to buy additional material from the market.Pay more, get moreHigh fees can be a cause for concern. Look for a coaching institute that satisfies all your requirements while keeping in mind the fee structure. Find out whether the institute allows you to pay the fees in installments and the discount you get if you make the entire payment upfront.Ethical educatorsA lot of institutes poach teachers to set up their own campus. Students should not fall in this trap. An institution that has a record of nurturing its own teachers and talent or has teachers with long tenures should be preferred. Education from convoluted minds and unethical teachers will always be tainted.The future of learningOnline coaching gains popularity among students and teachersPiyush AgarwalFOUNDER, SUPERPROFS, ONLINE COACHING PLATFORM, DELHIOnline coaching brings you the best learning experience at the click of a mouse. You can learn from anywhere and at anytime. With teachers tying up with online coaching centres, the trend is pretty clear. A recent study by e-learning industry found that India is the highest user of online coaching applications and websites with 55 per cent of students relying on it. It has several advantages over classroom coaching.Better educationStudents shift to metro cities in the hope of getting a better education and end up spending a fortune instead. Online coaching can help them get expert and quality education while sitting at home.Convenience of timeBy allowing students to skip traffic jams, online coaching helps them save a considerable amount of time and money. College students can participate in events and study at the same time, and working professionals can prepare for competitive exams through online classes.Flexible timingsStudents get the freedom to work as per their convenience and access lectures whenever they want. While offline classes are scheduled as per the tutors’ convenience, online coaching puts students first.No distractionsStudying in a group or with friends can often be distracting. Students also hesitate to ask questions or participate in class. This problem is not there in online classes. Students can clear their doubts by chatting online with tutors.Pace friendlyEach child has a different style of studying and they understand topics and concepts at their own pace. Online classes let students pause, rewind and take the classes as per their pace.Bridging the language barrierNot everyone is comfortable taking classes in English. Online classes are usually available in multiple languages, including regional languages to help students make the most of their time.Preparation qualityApart from lectures by the best faculty, online classes provide great learning material. They can always repeat view the topics that are difficult and tough to grasp. There is also an option to revise all topics right before the exam. There are weekly and monthly assessment system along with mock tests which boosts the confidence of the students.Improved attentionIn regular classes, it is difficult to get back if you’ve had a momentary lapse in concentration. But, with the online classes, you can pause, rewind and replay. Online coaching also offers other advantages such as the option to view demo classes before choosing the faculty. With the kind of convenience and flexibility it provides in a few clicks, online coaching is surely here to stay.Bridging the education gapCoaching can be an important link in the chain when it comes to keeping students interested in the subject of studyPradeep SinghFOUNDER AND CEO, VIDYANEXT, AN ED-TECH PLATFORM, BANGALOREWhy do a higher percentage of students use a tutor in India than anywhere else in the world? We know that school outcomes determine our children’s future. Board examinations and admission test results are the single factor that determines if and where a child goes to college. With 50 children to a classroom, it is impossible for students to get any personal attention. And yet, each child is different-in talent, in attitude, in family circumstance-nature and nurture make each one of us different. And every student is constrained by time; the academic structure requires them to understand, practice and memorise large quantities of knowledge in limited time. This is where the demand for tutors kicks in. Parents want someone who can guide, motivate and explain, in accordance with the needs of a specific student rather than the broadcast mechanism that operates in a big lecture hall. They are looking for a good tutor who can be a guru to her shishya.By understanding the child, the requirements of the subject and time availability, a tutor can help provide customised guidance on what a student should be doing. If they have access to diagnostic tools, they can pinpoint weaknesses and propose learning and practice. They can help with homework and student specific revision approaches before school examinations. But perhaps the most important role they play is that of providing motivation and enforcement. Most education-tech set-ups seem to forget that studying is not a voluntary activity unlike Facebook, Instagram or games. Students study because our entire eco-system attempts to coerce them and convince them that studying is good for them. 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  • Lin Dan cheated on wife when she was pregnant, apologises

    first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Ace Chinese badminton player Lin Dan has apologised for an extra-marital affair he had when his wife was pregnant, shortly after his “intimate” photos with a model went viral on social media.The news soon went viral with more than a million views of the page with hashtag “Lin Dans affair” on Sina Weibo with many Net users saying Lin had won on the game court but failed his supporters.Photos exposed by an insider of the entertainment field who named himself as “Detective Zhaowuer” showed that Lin hugging and kissing Zhao Yaqi, a model and actress in a hotel room in October and the two were also seen in an intimate position in a month later when Lins wife, Xie Xingfang, who is also a badminton player, was pregnant.In response to the exposure, Lin who enjoys vast popularity wrote on his Sina Weibo account yesterday that “as a man, I do not want to defend myself for what I have done. My behaviour has hurt my family. I hereby apologise to my family,” state-run Global Times reported today.Two sponsors who planned to cooperate with Lin have cancelled their plans, according to news site, myzaker.com.His other sponsors, including Yonex, D&G and Montblanc, have not made any comment on whether they will suspend their sponsorships as of press time.Ren Hai, a professor from the Olympic Research Centre with Beijing Sport University, told the Global Times that the scandal has damaged Lins image since the public expected him to not only be a good player but also a decent man in life.advertisement”The personal life of celebrities has a direct influence on their commercial value. The sponsors have a right to pull back their sponsorship if they deem the effect to be damaging,” Ren said.Lin, currently ranked World No 3, won Olympic gold medal in 2008 and 2012.His wife, Xie, a two-time world badminton champion, gave birth to their first baby on November 4. PTI KJV AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more

  • Alonso advises Hudson-Odoi: Why go to Bayern?

    first_imgMarcos Alonso has queried why Callum Hudson-Odoi would want to go to Bayern Munich after seeing Chelsea receive an improved £35 million ($45m) bid for the teenage winger.Goal recently revealed that the Bundesliga giants have stepped up their efforts to land the talented 18-year-old.They have seen him break into the first-team fold at Stamford Bridge this season, but feel more opportunities can be presented to him in Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chelsea, though, are understandably reluctant to part with a prized asset raised within their academy ranks.They believe Hudson-Odoi’s ambition can be matched in west London, with Alonso among the team-mates of the hot prospect urging him to carefully weigh up his options.The Spaniard said of an exciting club colleague: “He is a good player, but he is very young.“He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.“That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.“Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team and the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world.“I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.”Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 2019Hudson-Odoi has only seen 42 minutes of Premier League football this season.He has, however, recorded his first senior goal and an assist in Europa League competition.The flying winger also teed up both of Alvaro Morata’s goals in an FA Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest last weekend.His next opportunity to shine could come on Saturday as Sarri’s men welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.However, the offer of a fresh start in Munich and the option to inherit Bayern’s No. 10 shirt from former Chelsea star Arjen Robben remains on the table.last_img read more

  • MS Dhoni retired from Tests two years ago: How India have fared under Virat Kohli since

    first_imgOn this day in 2014, Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped a bombshell on the cricket world with his sudden announcement of immediate retirement from Test cricket.The announcement was made after India lost the four-Test series to Australia following a draw in the third Test in Melbourne. Dhoni, however, did not speak about his retirement at the post-match press conference or at the presentation ceremony and the announcement was only made later through a BCCI press release.One of the most successful captains, Dhoni’s tenure at the helm of India’s captaincy was nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. (Virat Kohli vs MS Dhoni in 2016: How India’s two captains fared)Two World Cup titles, No.1 Test rankings, most number of wins under his belt but on the flip side, a spate of overseas Test losses against England and Australia would have hastened the decision.Dhoni tasted his first success at the 2007 World T20 where he led India to the title. He also led the team to victory in the 50-over World Cup in 2011. However, he began to come under pressure at Test level after India suffered eight successive away match losses and were then beaten on home soil for the first time in eight years with a 2-1 series defeat to England in late 2012.After that India’s continued slide and with another series loss to England in 2014 and the poor run of form in Australia culminated in Dhoni’s decision to retire.Overall, Dhoni played 90 Tests scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09, having made his debut at home against Sri Lanka in December 2005. In 60 matches as captain, Dhoni had a decent 27 wins, 18 losses and 15 draws, after taking over as captain from Anil Kumble in 2008.advertisementDhoni’s sudden retirement from Test cricket made way for Virat Kohli to don the mantle of captaincy. (Virat Kohli made 2016 a year to remember)INDIA ON A ROLL UNDER KOHLIKohli, who was exposed to Test captaincy under extraordinary circumstances, has enjoyed instant success in the role.Long considered Dhoni’s heir apparent, Kohli led the team in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, scoring back-to-back centuries on his debut as captain and earning plaudits for his aggressive approach despite the cliff-hanging loss by 48 runs.Kohli took the leadership role with pride and scored another hundred in the third Test. Though India lost the four-match series 2-0, Kohli had already announced his arrival as captain.Later in 2015, Kohli captained India against Bangladesh in a one-off Test which ended in a draw.  REAL SUCCESS IN SRI LANKAKohli’s real success as Test captain came in Sri Lanka where he led the team to a historic 2-1 victory after 22 years. After losing the first Test at Galle by 63 runs, India bounced back strongly in the second with a 278-run win at the P Sara Oval. In the third Test at Colombo, India mauled the hosts by 117 runs to seal an historic series. India last won a Test series in Sri Lanka (1-0) under Mohammad Azharuddin’s captaincy in 1993.The victory gave Kohli his first series win as captain, and India their first overseas series triumph since June 2011 when they defeated the West Indies.NO LOOKING BACKKohli’s next assignment was against South Africa, where he led the team to a 3-0 victory in the four-Test series at home. India started the series on a high with a 108-run victory in Mohali. The rain-marred second match in Bangalore ended in a draw. The hosts then won the third Test by 124 runs in Nagpur inside three days and then went on to crush South Africa by 337 runs in the fourth Test in Delhi. Kohli’s India handed South Africa their first away Test series defeat in nine years.CARIBBEAN SAFARIIndia toured West Indies for a four-match Test series in mid 2016 under Kohli and new chief coach Anil Kumble. The combination weaved magic for India as the visitors romped to a 2-0 victory over the hosts. Kohli, who became the first Indian captain to score a double hundred, ended a streak of six consecutive series defeats outside Asia. India had not won or drawn a series outside the sub-continent since their triumph in West Indies in 2011. They have now won three straight series in the Caribbean after losing seven of their first eight.KIWI PLATTERNext up on Kohli’s radar were the Black Caps. New Zealand, under the leadership of young Kane Williamson, came to India for a three-Test series with much expectations. However, Kohli’s men thrashed the Kiwis, winning the series 3-0, with the captain scoring his second double hundred.advertisementTHE GRUDGE SERIESWhile the victories against Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand were promising but sceptics wondered if India could replicate that display against a strong opponent like England, who had a great record in the subcontinent. However, Kohli and his men buried the ghosts of the past and mauled England 4-0 in the five-Test series. As a captain and as a batsman Kohli was at his best. He scored 655 runs, including a highest score of 235 and became only the third player after Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting to score three double hundreds in a calendar year. Five consecutive Test series victories for India and a firm grip on the number one Test ranking under his leadership have intensified his popularity.last_img read more

  • Australian Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ends Dan Evans’ fairytale

    first_imgJo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the fairytale run of Dan Evans to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday and deliver a second blow for British tennis after the shock elimination of Andy Murray. (Stan Wawrinka beats Andreas Seppi to reach quarter-finals)The veteran Frenchman, who enjoyed his own storybook run to the final in 2008, took time to find his groove but finished full of running to down the 26-year-old Evans 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 53 minutes as twilight fell at the Hisense Arena. (Top-seed Andy Murray knocked out in fourth round by Mischa Zverev)Top seed Murray was earlier shocked by unseeded German Mischa Zverev and Tsonga’s win tipped the last Briton out of the men’s draw.Tsonga will play fourth seed Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more

  • Jonah Hill debuts slimmer body after dramatic weight loss

    first_imgLos Angeles, Mar 15 (PTI) Actor Jonah Hill appeared slimmer than ever as he was spotted stepping out from a gym here.The 33-year-old star was photographed flashing his toned torso in a navy T-shirt after his workout session, reported AceShowbiz.It looked like Hill dropped a large amount of weight when he was seen making his way through a parking lot in the T-shirt that he paired with black basketball shorts.The “War Dogs” actor sported a scruffy beard and slicked back locks while carrying a bottle of water.Hill has been working on getting in better shape after gaining weight for his role as former arms dealer Efraim Diveroli in last years “War Dogs”, in which he starred alongside Miles Teller. PTI SSN SGlast_img read more

  • SPORT-GAVASKAR 2 LAST

    first_imgGavaskar also praised Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul for Gavaskar also praised Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul for their splendid batting display in the series. “Lot of people underestimate the contribution Cheteshwar Pujara makes with his batting. His solidity at one end actually gives confidence to the batsman at the other end. Pujara has got all the shots in the book but he chooses to exercise those shots according to the needs of the situation. “Occupation of the crease is more important because it is a five day game and he does it to perfection. The Indian dressing room knows how big a player he is. Rahul (Dravid) was called the Wall but I will call him (Pujara) Dewar,” the batting legend said. “KL Rahul has got huge batting talent. His defence is impeccable, he has got all the shots in the book but one thing I would want him to do is to convert those 50s and 60s into 100s. If he gets his shot selection right, particularly in the 50s and 60s, he can score big runs.” Steve Smith today apologised for letting his “emotions slip” during the aggressively-contested but lost Test series against India and Gavaskar spoke highly about the Australia captain. “Steven Smith is a big man because for him to accept he has made a mistake just shows what a big man he is. I am so happy he has come and done that,” Gavaskar said. “We all make mistakes, we all get carried away by the heat of the moment but to accept it like he has done is a huge thing. My respect for Steve Smith as a batsman is huge and my respect for him as a person has gone even higher,” he signed off. PTI SSC ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Moto G5 review: Pure Android Nougat saves the day for it

    first_imgIt was in the last week of February when Motorola, now a brand owned by Lenovo, showed the Moto G5 Plus and the Moto G5 for the first time. For most people who are into all things smartphones and Android, it was a love at the first sight. There was much to like in the two phones. Subsequently, the Moto G5 Plus launched in India on March 15. Here at India Today Tech we reviewed it and liked it plenty. Now the other one arrives. The Moto G5 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 11,999 and yet again we take a closer look at the latest Moto G.Although it may not seem much, also because it is the smaller Moto G phone this year, the Moto G5 is special, just like the earlier Motorola phones, because of its software. That is the defining feature. Rest all is good but then good is something you will get in other phones too, most notably in the Redmi Note 4. It is the pure Android experience that becomes the calling card of the Moto G5.Good looks with a twistWith the Moto G5, Lenovo continues to use the same design language that it introduced in the Moto Z series and then subsequently brought to the G5 Plus. However, because the Moto G5 is a smaller phone, this design looks even more wholesome and attractive on this phone. The rounded edges give the Moto G5 the sort of pebble look that was missing from the Moto G4 last year.advertisementAlthough the build quality of the Moto G5 is fantastic, it is a phone that has more plastic than metal in its body. Not that it matters much because in terms of looks and feel the Moto G5 is as good as the Moto G5 Plus, a phone that has a metal body. One interesting bit about the Moto G5 is that despite its back cover mostly being made of metal, the phone comes with a removable battery. You can pop out the back cover, in fact you need to do it so that you can access the SIM slots, and take out the battery if you so desire. This was common in an era that is long gone so it’s surprise to see the Moto G5 coming with such a design element.With the Moto G5, Lenovo continues to use the same design language that it introduced in the Moto Z series and then subsequently brought it to the G5 Plus. The rounded edges give the Moto G5 the sport of pebble look that was missing from the Moto G4 last year. Although, once again I need to highlight that it is still doesn’t have that classic Moto G shape. earlier Motorola phones were using a curved back. This one is completely flat, just like the Moto G4 last year. The Moto G5 too has the same fingerprint scanner, under the screen, that the Moto G5 Plus uses. This is fast and precise sensor and as soon as you touch it the phone unlocks. But just like what we saw in the Moto G5 Plus, this doesn’t act like a home button. The Moto G5 has all three buttons — home, back and menu — on the screen. So you will have to train your muscle memory to ignore the fingerprint scanner when you want to go to the home screen. Although, in the settings you can toggle a few options to use the fingerprint button as a kind of touchpad.Overall, the Moto G5 is a nicely built and well-designed phone. It fits well in hands, thanks to its rounded edges and with a touch Gorilla Glass 3 layer on the front feels and looks premium enough, even if it is not as dashing as a phone like the Lenovo S1.Nougat mattersIn the world of smartphones, where each one of these devices comes packed with gazillion number of features and a user interface ripped by Chinese smartphone makers directly from Apple’s iPhone, the Moto G5 proves — yet again — that the best Android experience is with the stock Android. The Nougat in the Moto G5 is clean, slick and almost exactly how Google envisions it and uses it for its Pixel phones.There are some enhancements Lenovo has added in the phone in the form of Moto gesture. One example of such a gesture is “tip the phone to see notifications” when it is kept on the table. But other than that the Moto G5 has users interface that is untouched. The only blemish, if you can call that a blemish, is the preloading of Amazon apps. These apps can’t be deleted, although they can be disabled. The effect of the clean Android is that not only you get a phone with user interface that is easy to use and has slick animations, but also the one that doesn’t lag or freeze.advertisementGood screen and performanceThe good performance of the Moto G5 is despite its seemingly average hardware. In this price range nowadays you can get phones with Snapdragon 625 processor — the Redmi Note 4 for example — and more storage. But in reality, there is virtually no difference between a well-optimised phone powered by an entry-level processor and something that uses Snapdragon 625 or Snapdragon 615, which is out there in the Moto G4. And the Moto G5 surely looks well optimised.The Moto G5 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It also supports microSD card as well 4G, complete with the VoLTE. The phone has a 5-inch screen with FullHD resolution, a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, a 5-megapixel camera on the front, a fingerprint scanner on the front and similar other bells and whistles that are common in the phones nowadays.Also Read: Moto G5 Vs Moto G5 Plus: It’s what’s inside that countsBut these are just specifications on the paper and they don’t matter as much as people like to believe. In the end what matters is the quality of components and how they all come together. This is one area where the Moto G5 scores well. The quality of its screen is very good, although the contrast and brightness could have been better. This is definitely not the best screen I have seen in this price range, but then I have also seen screens that are worse on phones that cost much more. The brightness of the Moto G5 screen is good when you are using the phone indoors but outdoors it can get reflective and you do wish it would have been brighter and have some more contrast.The FullHD resolution on a 5-inch display also makes the Moto G5 screen very sharp. Whether you are reading a lengthy email on it or a big long-from article, chances are that you will find the text crisp and easy on eyes.One area where I feel the Moto G5 should have been better is its camera performance. The two cameras in the phone are not shabby. But they don’t dazzle either. The 13-megapixel rear camera in good light clicks images that have lots of detail but the colours are muted. In the low light the camera usually struggles to keep the colour noise low, and is usually slow while clicking photos. A few months earlier, I would have called the Moto G5 camera good enough. Now in 2017 there are phones with fairly stellar cameras in this price range. Even Lenovo knows that because some of these phones with good cameras belong to it. But the G5 is strictly average at that count, or maybe I have just been spoiled by the likes of the Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Zuk Z1.advertisement XPreviousNextThe 5-megapixel selfie camera performs similar to the rear camera. It is good enough in daylight when you are outside but if you are clicking selfies in low light, for example inside a restaurant, it won’t give you great photos.One area where I feel the Moto G5 should have been better is its camera performance. The two cameras in the phone are not shabby or bad. But they don’t dazzle eitherPerformance in other areas is dependable. The single speaker, placed above the screen, can churn out decent amount of sound. The fingerprint scanner is fast. I didn’t notice anything abnormal with the network performance and the 2800 mAh battery lasts around 13 to 14 hours with a 4GSIM. In other words, you will probably be recharging this phone once a day, not more and neither less.Should you buy Moto G5?Absolutely. But buy it for the Android Nougat experience. In my opinion the almost stock Android experience on the Moto G5 is worth its price. The Android Nougat keeps the phone simple, usable and functional. The fact that the Moto G5 has all the basic feature you need in the phone, along with a rather premium look and feel, also makes it a very likable phone.But I also feel that not everyone is an Android Nougat or stock Android fan. Or maybe you don’t mind the MIUI that Xiaomi uses in its phones or the customised users interface that Lenovo uses. If you are not particularly sold on the Nougat, you should take another look at the Moto G5 competitor.Moto G57.5/10Good stuffStock Nougat AndroidAttractive designGood performanceBad stuffLow-light camera performancescreens could have been betterlast_img read more

  • 5 Ways to Get People to Sign Up for Your Email List

    first_imgCourtesy of Emma, our wonderful new email partner here at Network for Good, these tips:As with most things, the art of enticing new subscribers depends a lot on the kinds of emails you send and the kind of people you’re trying to attract. Realize that by offering tons of enticements to recruit subscribers, you’re likely to get more addresses but wind up with members who may be a bit fickle. Conversely, by understating the value of your emails, or not promoting the signup link enough, your list will likely be made up of very loyal readers, you just won’t have lots of them. We call this the Inverse Loyalty Curve. Actually we just made the whole ‘Inverse Loyalty Curve’ thing up, but if we were to give it a name, Inverse Loyalty Curve would be it, and before you know it people would be blogging about ‘Inverse Loyalty Curve this’ and ‘Inverse Loyalty Curve that.’ Pretty soon there would be entire books and seminars devoted to it. But back to the matter at hand.So you want to entice people to join your list? Here are five quick tips:Why should someone sign up? Tell them. Ask yourself why someone should sign up to get your emails. Is it because they’ll get tips that can help them eat healthier or access to articles before they’re published? And then make your case clearly to prospective subscribers. Don’t just ask them to sign up for your emails; instead, ask them to sign up for your emails to get exclusive, email-only insider information (or whatever the reward might be).Ask when they’re most likely to say yes. In life, timing is everything.* So make sure you ask people to join your list when they’re most likely to say yes: after they’ve just made a donation, just filled out a survey for you or when they’ve just read the most fascinating article on your website. So be sure to incorporate your ‘join now’ link and teaser into the parts of your website where people are most likely to jump at the chance. We call these open-minded moments.Make it super easy. The people who love you will be perfectly content to fill out three screens of information and take a short survey to join your list. The people who like you may not. So keep your signup process short and sweet. Minimize the clicks, and ask only for the information you truly need (if you’re not planning on using people’s birthdate information later, don’t trouble people for it). And by all means don’t mislead people into thinking the process is short and sweet only to hit them with a 20-minute routine. (You’ve seen signups that ask only for your email address followed by a ‘join’ button – but instead of joining you’re greeted by 20 more fields and a citizenship test.) Make signing up a pleasant, fast experience, and you’ll lose fewer people along the way. Offer something in return. It’s possible the content of your emails is reward enough. But you might also consider offering people a bit of instant gratification for joining. Remember that you can customize the thank-you screen that greets new subscribers. Get creative and make the thank-you screen itself a printable VIP ticket to your next event, or include a link to premium content (say, a download for 10 Ways to Manage Your Diabetes, if your organization is concerned with diabetes).Above all, keep it simple. MarketingSherpa (a great resource, if you don’t already know them) published the results of a lengthy experiment conducted by the Motley Fool in which a financial content service tested all sorts of signup elements – short teaser text versus a longer list of subscriber benefits, calling it ‘membership’ rather than simply joining a list, offering lots of content choices rather than just one, and so on – to see how it affected their new-subscriber numbers. In the end, Motley Fool found that keeping things simple worked best.Shameless plug by me as COO of Network for Good: If you don’t have an email campaign tool, we offer EmailNow powered by Emma at a great rate at Network for Good.last_img read more

  • When doing good makes people behave badly

    first_imgA recent study from University of Toronto researchers Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong suggests green products can license us to act immorally. As behavioral economist Dan Ariely describes the study here:Through a series of experiments, Mazar and Zhong drew the following distinction between two kinds of exposure to green: When it’s a matter of pure priming (i.e., we are reminded of eco products through words or images), our norms of social responsibility are activated and we become more likely to act ethically afterwards. But if we take the next step and actually purchase the green product (thereby aligning our actions with our moral self-image), we give ourselves the go-ahead to then slack off a little and engage in subsequent dishonest behavior.Apparently, when you buy green, you figure you’ve done your good deed for the day and can slag off on the moral front. According to the researchers, participants in the above-mentioned experiment, for example, were more likely to cheat and steal cash after making green purchases. I guess if you think you’ve done good, you feel a license to do bad?I have been known to eat a less than healthy treat after a long run. As if my good behavior (exercising) makes up for my bad (pain au chocolat). And I probably have taken out the recycling, then felt less guilty about driving to work instead of taking the metro.As Ariely points out: “All this to say that we need to think carefully about the unintended consequences of all the decisions we make. While we may consider the consequences of questionable decisions (speeding or parking illegally for example), we rarely consider the effects of “good” ones.”last_img read more

  • Redesigning your website? Read this.

    first_imgLast week I shared several ways to get your nonprofit’s website ready for year-end fundraising. Hopefully you’ve been able to put at least a few of these tips into practice. If a website redesign is on your to-do list for 2014, these elements should be top of mind. Of course, there is a lot more to consider when taking on a major website project. To help you understand the process, the folks at Wired Impact have created a nifty infographic that summarizes the key steps in designing your nonprofit website. Check it out below and post a comment to share what’s on your website wish list for the coming year.(Can’t see the infographic?Visit Wired Impact to download the full image.)last_img read more

  • Nonprofit Customer Profile: Side By Side Kids

    first_imgAvery Staples is the development specialist at Side By Side Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering kids to see their full potential in a safe environment. For the past year and a half, Avery has overseen SBSK’s communications and fundraising efforts. On any given day, she is planning fundraising events, managing the database, reconciling donations, writing social media and blog posts, and working on donor retention and cultivation.Q&A with Featured Fundraiser, Avery StaplesHow did Side By Side Kids start?We’ve been around for about 20 years. We started as a church’s community outreach program for the St John’s neighborhood in Austin; which is historically and currently an underserved population with a lot of immigrant-migrant families living in low-income situations. Over time, we saw there was a large need for free after school care, and evolved into who we are today. For the past 10 years, we’ve been providing our after school program for elementary school students. In 2011 we rebranded and became Side by Side Kids.What drew you to this cause?I’m passionate about the population we serve, and our ability to create spaces for safety and acceptance. I was immediately drawn in by the way that SBSK strives to love the kids in a real and authentic way. Many of our kids come to us discouraged or stressed. They are aware that they’re disadvantaged, or not reading at the level they should be, or not as good at math as the person sitting next to them. Without our program they would just go home. We offer a safe, supportive place to go after school.You oversee Side By Side Kids’ communications program. How often do you contact supporters?We send an e-newsletter once a month and a direct mail appeal twice a year. For our big year-end campaign we send direct mail accompanied by email, and segment based on giving history. For example, we have a big fall fundraising event, so we don’t send our year-end appeal to anyone who gave a large amount at the event. Instead, we target people who usually give at the end of the year and anyone who hasn’t given in the past six months. Then we do the same thing with our summer appeal and segment by who typically gives at that time of year. We also partner our direct mail with personal follow up. We strive for a layered, two-to-three touch approach.How do you use Network for Good’s donor management system?We recently did a huge overhaul of how we’re using the DMS. We’re not a huge organization, but we wanted to see how we can be smarter about how we’re using the DMS. We utilize custom fields a lot, which has been very helpful in our segmenting and reporting. For example, I care about when a donor makes their gift, but our accountant cares about when the gift hits the bank. I added a custom field for disbursement date so that we can easily reconcile our records and reports. I use the DMS to generate our year-end tax receipts, which makes my job so much easier during a really busy time of year. I also use the segmenting tools for targeting specific donors for each campaign.What has been the organization’s greatest obstacle?We are a faith-based organization, but we operate in the Austin Independent School District on public school campuses. We use bible stories to teach character development, but we respect that boundary so much. In terms of branding and programming, making sure the greater community fully understands who we are and what we do can sometimes be an obstacle.How do you approach a school?We work with the individual principals to see if we would be a good fit at their school, and then the principal advocates on our behalf to the school district to allow us to use the space for free. It’s really powerful to have these principals of large elementary schools take the time to make sure we’re on their campus, and that we don’t have to pay for it.What’s involved in an SBSK program?We start off with a snack in the school cafeteria, followed by homework time. We pair one teacher and one volunteer per every ten students for personalized help. Then we have “crew time,” which is our character development period. We look at a particular character trait, like thankfulness or courage, and pair it with a bible story that reflects that trait. We focus on that trait for the entire week, discussing practical ways to apply it in their daily life. Finally, there’s “rec time,” where they play on the school playground before their parents pick them up. It’s a lot tacked into a three hour time period.That is a lot to take on. How big is your staff?We have seven full-time staff. In addition, seven part-time staff (four site coordinators and three program support staff) run the programs, and a team of university students who serve as our part-time teachers.When T.A. Brown Elementary closed and the kids moved to Barrington Elementary, SBSK created one of your largest after school programs. What have you seen in the years since the schools merged?Typically, for a single school we try to have 30-60 kids in our program. The closing of T.A. Brown was a really interesting situation because we saw an opportunity to merge two school programs. We worked out the agreement with Barrington Elementary and now we’re at 90 kids. We almost doubled our participant capacity. It’s been great, actually. It kick started our growth. We’ve been undergoing an expansion and that experience made us realize we can serve more kids in our schools. And now J.J. Pickle Elementary is also up to an 80-kid headcount. It’s very exciting.  Are you a Network for Good customer? Know someone in your organization who should be a Featured Fundraiser on our blog? Contact Content Manager, Linda Lombardi, at linda.lombardi@networkforgood.com to find out more.last_img read more

  • Walking is good for your brain, study says

    first_imgIn a world of increasing distractions, it can be a challenge to maintain your creativity. But sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can get our brains back on track.Case in point: Science just proved that walking is good for your brain.Fast Company recently reported on a study done by a group of scientists in California who were interested in comparing the effects of sitting vs. walking on creativity. In order to test their hypothesis, they came up with 4 different experiments. One had some participants walk inside, some outside, others pushed around in a wheelchair, and others sat in one place. At the end, creativity levels were measured according to a “divergent thinking” test that measured their ability to think of numerous uses for common objects.The outcome? No matter what experiment the volunteers had participated in, the walkers were judged to be 60% more creative than non-walkers.As is the case with any study, the outcome could be interpreted in a number of ways.Is sitting still a creativity killer?Is it just walking that’s good for creativity or would riding a unicycle work our creative muscles in the same way?Regardless of what it all means, if nothing else we now know that Friedrich Nietzsche was actually spot on when he said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”Freelancers, do you feel that walking helps you come up with more creative ideas?last_img read more

  • How often do you use social media for your business? Mini member poll results!

    first_imgIn a mini e-newsletter poll, we asked our members how often they use social media for business purposes. (And no, Candy Crush Saga doesn’t count as business, even if you mean business.) Now, the results are in!9.2% respondants are superstar social media users, stating that they use it every few minutes. About 40% of respondants, though, said they never use social media for business at all!But don’t throw away the idea. Using social media for your business can be a great way to market yourself, keep in touch with old clients, and reach out to new ones.Not sure how to start? Here are some resources on using social media for work:How to land freelance work with social mediaHow to use social media to stay on top of your marketing gameDoes social media matter for freelancers in 2014?Want to participate in the next poll? Sign up to become a member of Freelancers Union and register for our weekly e-newsletter!last_img read more

  • It’s a myth that Indian athletes can’t absorb pressure: Abhinav Bindra

    first_imgWith Rio Olympics just about four-and-a-half months away, players worldwide are training even harder to put their best foot forward. India’s Abhinav Bindra, Olympic champion, and Gopichand Pullela, badminton coach, are following a no different approach. Though the general public might look at it as a tight time for the players, the participants are looking at it as yet another opportunity to take on a challenge and can’t wait for the 2016 Olympics. An athlete lives for the Olympics and is ready to give whatever it takes to make it to the top. On the subject of bringing about a significant change in the way sports as a whole is perceived in the country, both Pullela and Bindra spoke about the need to invest in the youth to see remarkable results. Highlighting that the focus is only on the elite athletes who are provided with all the support, they advocated a change in the entire thought process and shift to encouraging youngsters and not giving up on them, even if they have a few bad results. Authorities and institutions are required to fundamentally look at sports a little differently. Though in India you need climb an entire mountain to bring about change and get basic support, the need of the hour is do all you can to promote sports and infiltrate right to the grassroots level. There is an urgent need therefore to connect with schools and foundations to bring about a revolution in sports in the country. When talking about inconsistency in athletes, both agreed that there is an incredible amount of ability but achieving consistency is what will take time for Indian athletes. “It’s just a matter of time,” Pullela said. But you cannot take the pressure of the 1.3 billion Indian population when you playing a game. You essentially require a strategy to make things work for you in the end and fight the pressure. As to the fact that India needs more medals, it should be understood that a lot more people are required to look at sports more seriously in the country. For the players, they need to keep trying again and again without giving up and just concentrate on being fitter and stronger. It’s hard but in the end this is what they have chosen for themselves.A shift in the thought process as a whole is the need of the hour.The players need to concentrate on perseverance and not get discouraged by failure.A lot more people in India need to look at sports more seriously.Players need to adopt a strategy to fight game pressure and expectation.When athletes are not provided with a good foundation, it is natural for things to break down for them.Abhinav Bindra: For an athlete, it is Olympics every day. We live it every day.The Olympics are what we live for.In Beijing, I needed it. In London, I wanted it. In Rio, I need it- Bindra on medals.We need to infiltrate right down to the grassroots level.It’s a myth that Indian athletes are not able to absorb pressure.Sometimes rewards are not directly proportionate to results.Failure is overrated.It’s hard physically, emotionally and mentally, but this is what I love.Gopichand Pullela: There are good people in the system, but a paradigm shift is required.A problem can only be resolved when all the spokes of a wheel are pointing in the same direction.Sports is simple. If there is a risk to be taken, it has to be taken.advertisementlast_img read more

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup: Physical sale of tickets begins in Goa

    first_imgPanaji, Sep 7 (PTI) Physical sale of tickets for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India, today started in Goa with launch of the Box Office near the Sports Authority of Goa Indoor Stadium in Fatorda.Goans can now buy tickets from the counters which will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, a media release said today.The tickets will be sold at discounted rates till October 5 and are priced at Rs 150 for category 3 seats in north & south stands and Rs 300 for category 2 in the east stands, the release added.The Goa matches will be played at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. The stadium will host nine matches from October 7 to October 21.Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi said, “We had promised all Goans that we would open physical ticket sales and we are happy with the way they have responded.”Tickets will also be available online, it added.The World Cup, the first FIFA tournament to be hosted by India, will have 24 teams in the fray. PTI RPS NRBlast_img read more