Time for Leicester to forget about title miracle: Jamie Vardy

first_imgLeicester City need to wipe last year’s incredible title win from their memories and focus on turning their poor season around, starting with their Champions League last-16 first leg at Sevilla, striker Jamie Vardy said on Tuesday.Leicester have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions, culminating in an embarrassing FA Cup elimination to third-tier Millwall on Saturday.They sit one point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone and are without a league win in 2017. (Leicester must not lose at ‘fantastic’ Sevilla, says Ron-Robert Zieler)”We just have to completely forget what happened last year. We need to work hard each and every single one of us, the staff and players and come game time it is up to us when we step over the white line,” Vardy told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s clash in Spain.”It has been tough, things haven’t clicked this year, but we know if we keep giving 100 percent for each other things will change.”While Vardy admitted little had gone right for the unlikely champions in domestic competition, he said he was looking forward to the temporary distraction of facing Sevilla and hopes a good result could kickstart Leicester’s campaign. (Lincoln stun Burnley, Leicester fall to Millwall in FA Cup)”It’s a game where we can just forget about that (their domestic struggles) for one night and hopefully if we get a good performance we can use that to kick on and pull ourselves away (from the relegation zone),” said the England international.advertisement”We’ve played better in the Champions League but for some reason it has just not clicked in the Premier League. I wish I could put my finger on it myself to change that around but obviously it’s not been that easy.”Having lost their last two games to fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea City and lower league Millwall, Leicester would be forgiven for feeling daunted by the prospect of facing Sevilla. (Premier League: Leicester City’s slump continues with 2-0 loss at Swansea City)Jorge Sampaoli’s side are third in La Liga and have thrilled onlookers with their brand of lightning-quick, ultra-attacking football this season.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri heaped praise on the Europa League holders, who have won five European trophies in the last decade, and confessed his love for the city of Seville, the scene of a King’s Cup triumph when he was in charge of Valencia in 1999.”Ten years of triumphs means the club (Sevilla) is doing well, they change coaches and the club is still doing well. Jorge is having a great season,” the Italian said.”It’s the first time we’ve won a title and the lads have dipped a bit. But tomorrow we have to fight with our heads held high, chests out.”last_img read more

Porsche launches Panamera Turbo priced up to Rs 2.05 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) German luxury sports car maker Porsche today launched its new Panamera saloon priced up to Rs 2.05 crore (ex-showroom Maharashtra).The all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo will also be available as an executive version featuring a 150 millimetre longer wheelbase and an extended range of equipment, the company said in a statement.While the Panamera Turbo is priced at Rs 1.93 crore, the Panamera Turbo Executive is tagged at Rs 2.05 crore (ex-showroom Maharashtra), it added.”In the new Panamera, our customers and enthusiasts will experience a fundamentally redesigned car with new turbo engines, sharper exterior design, intuitive interior features and innovative technologies,” Porsche India Director Pavan Shetty said.The Turbo model is more powerful than its predecessor, whilst also significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions, he added.Powered by a new 4 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, the new model has a power of 550 HP at 5,750 rpm, 30 HP more than its predecessor, the company added.The vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, it said. PTI RKL ABMlast_img read more

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen tops practice session at Chinese Grand Prix after mist forces abandonment of first practice

first_imgThe opening practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix was halted twice then abandoned because the medical support helicopter was unable to operate in poor visibility on Friday.The 90-minute session was finally called off with five minutes remaining on the clock at a drizzly and misty Shanghai International Circuit. (Also read: Australian GP winner Sebastian Vettel tips Mercedes as favourites for Chinese Grand Prix)Fourteen drivers set a time during the brief window of track action, going out on a mix of intermediate and wet-weather tyres. (Also read: Mercedes have to raise game to meet Ferrari challenge, says Lewis Hamilton)Teenager Max Verstappen was fastest in his Red Bull, lapping the 5.4-kilometre circuit in one minute, 50.491 seconds.The Dutchman’s time was more than 15 seconds slower than Nico Rosberg needed to secure pole position for last year’s race, an indication of the limited usefulness of the curtailed session.Championship favourite Lewis Hamilton, who heads into Sunday’s race determined to strike back against a resurgent Ferrari by racing to a fifth win in China, did not set a time in his Mercedes.German Sebastian Vettel, winner of last month’s season-opener in Australia, did not set a time either, with his Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen also limiting himself to a single installation lap.Several drivers were caught out by snaps of oversteer in the cool and damp conditions. Most got going again but Nico Hulkenberg beached his Renault in the gravel, returning to the pits on the back of a scooter.advertisement”The weather conditions have forced the closure of the local airport,” read a message on the timing screens.The first suspension was prompted by the medical helicopter being unable to land at the designated hospital in Shanghai, while a message on the timing screens when the session was halted for the second time said the “local airport” had been closed.Television helicopters continued to hover above the circuit throughout.last_img read more

‘Lukaku not one-dimensional, he’s like Xavi & Iniesta!’

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is “not one-dimensional”, insists Dimitar Berbatov, with the Manchester United forward proving he can operate wide and down the middle with “Xavi or Iniesta” versatility.The Belgium international has forged his reputation as an archetypal No. 9, with his physicality and finishing ability making him the perfect leading man.He has, however, seen Marcus Rashford switched into a central striking role since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at United, with the 25-year-old being forced to tweak his game as a result. 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! He has been used in a partnership at times, but has also been nudged out to the flanks to fill an attacking support role.Lukaku was back in his favoured post against Crystal Palace on Wednesday with Rashford sidelined, and bagged himself a brace, but also showed in a goalless draw with Liverpool how useful he can be when moved out of the centre.Former United striker Berbatov has been impressed by what he has seen from a man who has had to force his way back into contention, telling Betfair: “I like Romelu Lukaku and he’s earned a place in the first XI.“He’s worked hard to be in the first team, you could see it in his game at Selhurst Park. The two goals he scored, the runs he made, the passion in his performance all showed to me that he had a place in the team.“I would like to see him start against Southampton because he has earned it.“And don’t make the mistake of thinking he has to play central. In modern football many teams play with three up front and that trio can switch positions and confuse the opposition.“Lukaku is capable of using the space really well when he drifts left or right and has made a few assists from those positions.“The ball Lukaku played for [Jesse] Lingard against Liverpool, there aren’t many players who can make that pass. It was like watching Xavi or Iniesta!“Lukaku is not one-dimensional like some people assume.”A double in a 3-1 victory over Palace in his most recent outing has taken Lukaku onto 11 goals for the season, with double figures having now been reached in the Premier League across seven successive campaigns. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

David Warner remains Australia’s key player: Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgYuzvendra Chahal has been Glenn Maxwell’s nemesis in the ongoing ODI series and the Haryana leg-spinner said that the flamboyant Australian’s vulnerability outside the off-stump has been his undoing.Chahal has got Maxwell out in all three ODIs with Maxwell being stumped in back-to-back games.”My plan to Maxwell is not to bowl at the stumps. That’s a wrong area. I tend to bowl outside the off-stump and I vary my pace. I know that if I can bowl 2-3 dot balls, he will step out and try to play an aggressive shot. However, in order to beat the batsman, the line and length has to be perfect,” Chahal said at pre-match press conference.Apart from Maxwell, David Warner despite his poor run of form will remain a threat, reckons Chahal.”Warner is Australia’s key player. When he settles in, he can play the big knock. Although Aaron Finch scored a century in Indore, Warner is the most dangerous player,” Chahal said. (Australia will play for pride in next two ODIs, says Warner)”He has the experience of playing in the IPL and his mindset is to attack. If he plays 40-50 balls, he can score 70-80 runs. Our main aim is to get Warner out quickly so that in the middle overs, we can maintain the pressure,” he added.Talking about the edge over Australia, Chahal said Indian spinners made the difference, for they bagged 13 wickets compared to Australian spinners.”Our spinners have taken 13 wickets as compared to the Australian spinners. We have used the conditions much better than them. That is our plus point. Adam Zampa is the only wrist spinner in the team and he is not featuring in the team consistently,” he said.advertisementChahal feels that when batsmen put up a good score, it gives the bowlers more confidence.”If batsmen put up a good total on the board, then it gives the bowlers more confidence to bowl well. In the middle overs, we have bowled pretty well, be it the Sri Lanka series or in this series,” he said.Chahal is happy that the bowling unit could restrict Australia to under 300 despite a good show by top-order.”In the last game, they were 234 for 2 after 38 overs. From that position, they were restricted to 293. It was a great exhibition by medium pacers at the death. Whatever spell the spinners are getting towards the end overs, we are getting wickets,” he said.On bowling in tandem with Kuldeep Yadav and Bengaluru wicket, Chahal said he knows the UP chinaman for a very long time and both plan things in a better way by deliberating on bowling strategies before the matches.”I know Kuldeep Yadav for a very long time. We have played with and against each other a lot. If I bowl first, then I tell him about kind of assistance the track is providing. If he bowls first, he does the same and what’s the right area to bowl to a certain batsmen,” he said.The newest spin twins are enjoying each other’s success.”The combination is good. Before the match, we discuss what the wicket will be like. We also discuss what ball to bowl to which batsmen. We always have plans,” he added.Chahal said that the nature of Chinnaswamy track has changed in the last couple of years and has something for spinners.The wicket now is offering more turn to the spinners. It is a bit slow and there is grip, which was not there earlier. The boundaries here are small but if there is assistance in the wicket, you can get the wickets,” he added.On ICC rules for size of the bat, Chahal said, “I am not aware of any player in the Indian team changing the size of the bat.” (Bat-size restrictions will not affect my game: Warner)last_img read more

World Cup Qualifiers: Neymar sends injury scare through Brazil camp

first_imgNeymar gave Brazil an injury scare ahead of their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers by limping off the pitch during a training session.Neymar appeared to suffer a knock to his right foot while disputing a ball with fellow forward Diego Tardelli at Brazil’s Granja Comary training base here on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.Brazil team officials later played down the incident, saying the 25-year-old was not expected to last the entire session.O @neymarjr j est ensaiando os dribles… melhor sair da frente! ????????? #TreinodaSeleo #GigantesPorNatureza pic.twitter.com/jMakx5jLet- CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 2, 2017Just 16 players took part in Brazil training on Monday with eight others due to arrive after long-haul flights from Europe on Tuesday.The five-time World Cup winners will play Bolivia in La Paz on Thursday and Chile in Sao Paulo five days later.Brazil are already guaranteed a place in Russia next year and lead the South American zone’s CONMEBOL standings with 37 points from 16 matches.last_img read more

Premier League: Chelsea FC draw 0-0 at home vs Leicester City

first_imgChelsea put yet another drab show at home as they were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.Slumping to their third straight goalless draw, after 0-0 Cup stalemates against Norwich City and Arsenal, Chelsea did not look sharp enough, with Alvaro Morata looking frustrated.With the draw, Chelsea gave Manchester United an advantage in the race to the second place in the league table, as Manchester City are the runaway leaders this season.Chelsea are now third in the league table at 47 points, currently the same as Manchester United who will take on struggling Stoke City on Monday. Manchester City are comfortable on top of the table with a 15-point advantage over both the teams.ALSO WATCHThe champions struggled for much of the game against the team that won the title a year before them, with Leicester creating a string of chances in the first half, thanks in large part to winger Riyad Mahrez, who has been the subject of constant transfer speculation.Chelsea improved after coach Antonio Conte replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas with Pedro and Willian in the 58th minute.But even though Leicester went down to 10 men when defender Ben Chilwell was booked twice in five minutes midway through the second half, the home side failed to capitalise on the advantage, lacking ruthlessness and the final incisive pass.”I think I saw a lot of very tired players,” Conte said. “We suffered a lot, then when I decided to put fresh energy on we had a big chance to score.”advertisementChelsea have played seven games in the last three weeks, including a League Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Wednesday.Morata has failed to score for five games but Conte said the problem was not with his striker.”The problem is for the team not only for Morata,” he said. “Compared to last season we are conceding less. But at the same time we are showing not great quality in our finishing… it’s not just Morata.”Leicester coach Claude Puel said he felt his side had dropped two points, based on the their performance until the sending off.”In the end it was a good point, playing 10 against eleven… I think the sending off was harsh,” he said.Puel’s side defended patiently and in numbers for the last 20 minutes, Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragovic snuffing out Chelsea moves and Algerian Mahrez looking dangerous on the break.”He (Mahrez) is happy in playing, in training, he is happy with us and his team mates,” Puel said. “There is a lot of speculation about the players… and we want to keep our best player.”The London side meet Norwich City in an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Antonio Conte not losing sleep over Chelsea coaching job

first_imgChelsea coach Antonio Conte said he had a clear conscience over the slump in form of the English champions after a second heavy Premier League defeat in less than a week and promised he would not lose any sleep over the prospect of losing his job.”Tomorrow is another day,” he told reporters after his 10-man side were hammered 4-1 at mid-table Watford on Monday after conceding three late goals. “I can be Chelsea coach or not. What is the problem? I go to sleep without a problem.”In contrast with his first season in London, when Chelsea cruised to the title, they are 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City and are one point away from dropping out of the top four Champions League qualifying spots.At a club which has seen a steady flow of managers come and go since Roman Abramovich took over as owner at Stamford Bridge in 2003, Conte knows his position is increasingly tenuous but he said he was working as hard as he could to turn things around.Full-time: Watford 4-1 Chelsea.#WATCHE pic.twitter.com/lmwNoWb8cL— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 5, 2018The Italian has called on the Chelsea board to end the uncertainty over his future by publicly confirming they trust in his work but votes of confidence are rare at Stamford Bridge.Conte has repeatedly spoken openly about his frustration that Chelsea failed to match the big signings made by the Manchester clubs, City and United, before the season and he returned to the subject after the Watford defeat.advertisement”I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path in the league and Champions League,” said the Italian, whose struggling side face a tough last 16 tie against Barcelona in Europe’s top European club competition later this month.But Conte also accepted some of the blame for the slump in form that saw Chelsea lose 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last week before Monday’s loss — the first time they have suffered consecutive defeats by a margin of three goals since 1995.”I try to continue to work, to improve the different aspects of my players, but today I think our performance was very poor and for sure I have to a take the responsibility because maybe I took the wrong decision for the (starting) 11.””For sure it is a difficult moment and if we want to find excuses we can find everything – tiredness and injuries. But this is not my way,” added the 48-year-old former Italy coach.”I hope that tonight for once you understand me – I am not worried about my job. I work very hard and I give 120 percent.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

India will be unbeatable if Kuldeep, Chahal continue their form: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgOne could laud the selectors for dialling trickery over the orthodox or just attribute the selection to an enforced change, as a lesson from the Champions trophy. Irrespective of who steals the credit lines for their selection, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal deserve all the accolades for rejuvenating India’s bowling resources in one day cricket.India’s stocks in white ball cricket rose sharply, once both the wrist spinners began picking wickets consistently in the middle overs through the last home season. But what has come as a surprise is their domination in South Africa on surfaces more conducive to seam.The duo of Chahal and Kuldeep have snatched 30 of the 43 South African wickets to fall in the series; incredibly 70 per cent of the spoils in five matches so far.”They have been brilliant. And they have not taken wickets on turners but on good wickets. It’s a good thing for both of them. If they keep picking wickets like this than no one will be able to defeat India anywhere,” former skipper Sourav Ganguly told India Today.The spin twins have picked up 30 wickets so far in the series. This is the most by India’s spinners in a bilateral series. The previous highest was 27 against England at home in 2006. The only time India’s spinners took more than 30 wickets in a tournament was in the 2011 World Cup, where they picked up 34 wickets.Kuldeep is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 16 wickets while Chahal is a close second with 14. India vs South Africa, 6th ODI: Yuzvendra Chahal has 14 wickets in the series (BCCI Photo)While it has been an outstanding start for the wrist spinners in lead-up to the other overseas challenges that await India with tours to England, Australia, New Zealand before the World Cup, Ganguly expects greater resistance from other opponents.advertisement”I was watching the other day and Kuldeep himself looked surprised at how some of the South African batsmen fell. So there will be other teams who will play them better than this. But they will always be a threat,” he said.Ganguly as a captain often played one of the two spin options he had in Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble in overseas conditions. But the one day game has advanced rapidly in the past five years and wrist spinners and mystery spinners have sidelined the conventional finger spinners.Weighing in on this wrist spin vs finger spin argument, Ganguly said it eventually came down to quality.”Wrist spinners have always been a threat. You look at Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. Or a Muralitharan who always troubled batsmen, a Graeme Swann who was an off spinner but not a finger spinner, a different kind of off spinner. So this will be a factor. But like we discussed, it’s about quality which Kuldeep and Chahal have,” he opined.Back home, Ravichandran Ashwin has begun working on developing leg spin to add to his repertoire. Ravindra Jadeja has spoken about being upbeat on being promised batting opportunities higher up the order in the upcoming IPL.Ganguly did not mince words to say that both Ashwin and Jadeja would be under pressure to regain their spots in India’s limited-overs squads.”There will be pressure on Ashwin and Jadeja. Because with their performances (Kuldeep and Chahal) you haven’t just beaten the opposition but outplayed them. If you dominate this way, it will create pressure on the others. Ashwin does have a very good record at home. So we will wait and see,” he said.last_img read more

LeBron James’ 3rd MVP performance fires team to NBA All-Star triumph

first_imgLeBron James scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as Team LeBron rallied to defeat Team Stephen 148-145 in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.James added 10 rebounds and eight assists and led a feverish defensive stop on the final possession to preserve the victory and earn MVP honors. He is the league’s All-Star Game MVP for a third time, joining Bob Petit (four), Kobe Bryant (four), Oscar Robertson (three), Michael Jordan (three) and Shaquille O’Neal (three) with three or more.Kevin Durant added 19 points, Paul George scored 16, Andre Drummond and Bradley Beal had 14 each, Kyrie Irving 13, Anthony Davis 12 and Kemba Walker 11 for Team LeBron.Russell Westbrook contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Team LeBron.DeMar Rozan and Damian Lillard led Team Stephen with 21 points each, while Joel Embiid scored 19, Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16, Klay Thompson had 15, James Harden 12 and Curry 11.After DeRozan made 1 of 2 free throws to give Team Stephen a one-point lead with 40 seconds left, James scored on a drive to put his team ahead. After a turnover by Team Stephen, James fed Russell Westbrook for a layup and a 148-145 lead with 10 seconds left. James hit a 3-pointer to even the score at 144 with 1 minute 30 seconds remaining (NBA Twitter Photo)A trapping defense by James and Durant prevented Curry and his team from getting off a shot on the final possession.”We got stops when we needed to, got some buckets, made some big plays down the stretch. It was good,” Westbrook said on TNT after the game. “We wanted to win. We take pride, and we came out to win.advertisementIt was fun and exciting to get to go against other guys from the same conference. It was fun.”Durant’s 3-pointer gave Team LeBron a one-point lead at the outset of the third quarter, but DeRozan and Embiid scored five points each as Team Stephen took a 90-83 lead.Team LeBron twice got within two points and once got within one point three times before Beal’s 3-pointer gave James’ club a 105-103 lead.#LeBronJames talks after being presented with the #KiaAllStarMVP trophy!#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/vBE7tEQxqeNBA (@NBA) February 19, 2018The score was tied twice before Curry’s 3-pointer gave his team a 112-109 lead after three quarters.Lillard scored seven points as Team Stephen built the lead to 133-120 midway through the fourth quarter.George’s 3-pointer ended the run, he made another and James converted a three-point play as Team LeBron got within 136-133.Irving’s basket got Team LeBron within a point and Westbrook twice made baskets that James’ squad within one.Embiid scored on a layup before James hit a 3-pointer to even the score at 144 with 1:30 remaining.#LeBronJames lifts his third #KiaAllStarMVP trophy aftergoing for 29 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST in the #TeamLeBron victory!#PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/tPFf8ZtecrNBA (@NBA) February 19, 2018(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

India vs South Africa: SA bowlers’ strategy to bowl short-pitched balls to India backfires

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar praised the Indian batsmen for the way they handled short-pitched deliveries in the ongoing South African tour and especially the first T20I in Johannesburg.There is a general belief that Indians are not good players of short deliveries and in the past, teams have used that to their advantage to unsettle the batsmen. But on Sunday, it was a different story altogether. The fairly inexperienced Proteas pacers bowled short for the first six to seven overs and were hammered all around the park by the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the returning Suresh Raina.WATCHBhuvneshwar, who starred with the ball on Sunday, said South Africa’s tactics to unsettle Indian batsmen with short-pitched balls back-fired at the New Wanderers.(SEE PHOTOS)”Whenever India travel abroad, the reputation is that India are not good at batting against short bowling. This time we have not seen that thing. We have really tackled it well. Today they bowled 5-6 overs of short bowling to us early on and it really backfired on them,” Bhuvneshwar said after India’s 28-run win.”Whatever the reputation we had, in the last few years we are playing totally opposite of that. We have managed the short ball pretty well on this tour. They wanted to bowl short but it didn’t really work well for them,” he added.The batsmen did their job well on a flat track but it was ultimately Bhuvneshwar himself, who turned the tide in India’s favour with his maiden five-wicket haul in T20Is. The UP pacer picked up 5 for 24 to help India restrict South Africa to 175-9 in 20 overs.advertisement”What I was trying to do is bring about the change of pace in my bowling. I just wanted to take the pace off the ball because I knew it won’t be easy to hit the ball and that’s what I did. The important thing is how you mix your deliveries according to the wicket,” he said.”For instance, today we bowled a lot of slow balls. It was a part of our strategy on this wicket, to do away with pace and make it difficult for the batsmen to score. Apart from line and length, it’s important to understand how you want to mix your deliveries. It matters. Today, for instance, it was about bowling slow,” the 28-year-old added.The pacer hailed the team’s 28-run win in the first T20I as a “complete performance”.”When we went in there, we knew what we wanted to do as best as a bowling team. We lost the first two Test matches and then we came back. The momentum was on our side and if momentum is on your side, you have got to make it count. Credit has to go the Indian team for the way we have played in every department,” he said.FITNESS IS THE KEYBhuvi’s five wickets on Sunday was the second by an Indian in T20Is and first by a pacer in the shortest format of the game. Yuzvendra Chahal is the only other Indian to pick five wickets in the 20-over format. Incidentally, on Sunday, he also became the first Indian to have five-wicket hauls in all the formats of the game. And talking about his success, he said that getting fitter has helped him reach this level.”First thing, it comes with fitness. It’s not easy playing all three formats, especially on a single tour. So the first thing before coming here what I wanted to do is manage workload. I wanted to practice but in a specific way, so as to not put extra workload on the body,” said Bhuvneshwar.”Taking wickets means a lot to me when you play for your country. It doesn’t matter if you take five wickets or how many as long as you’re winning matches for your country. That’s what matters and taking fifers in every format feels good. I want to do it as long as possible,” he added.Bhuvneshwar said batting first on the Wanderers pitch gave them ample idea about the nature of the wicket and it helped when they returned to defend their total.”After we batted, we had a certain idea of the kind of wicket we would be bowling on after what we saw. But the whole picture begins to emerge only after you’ve bowled because it depends on the bowlers,” he said.”Look at their bowlers, they’re of a different height and have different skill sets. So you get an idea but as I said, the whole thing emerges only after you’ve bowled a few balls. For instance, if I’ve bowled the first over, I can communicate with the rest of the bowlers what’s happening on the wicket,” the pacer added.advertisementlast_img read more

Australia find it exciting to face Kagiso Rabada in third Test

first_imgAustralia respect the decision to allow Kagiso Rabada to feature in the rest of the Test series and the South African fast bowler’s participation is “exciting”, Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said on Tuesday.Rabada successfully appealed against an International Cricket Council sanction for brushing the shoulder of Australia captain Steve Smith in the second Test, getting his punishment reduced from three demerit points to one.That means he remains under the threshold of eight in the last 24 months, freeing him to play in the remaining two matches of the acrimonious series which is poised at 1-1, starting in Cape Town on Thursday.WATCH”It’s exciting, as Australian cricketers we always want to play against best and he is the number one bowler in the world, so it will be a challenge for all of us that have to bat,” Lyon told reporters.”The ICC has made their decision and we respect it, that’s their job. It’s not for me to sit here and say whether it is right or wrong. We have two massive Test matches to come and we will have to play at our best to beat South Africa.”Lyon said the Australians were only at 40 percent in their six-wicket loss to South Africa in Port Elizabeth, which followed a comprehensive 118-run win for the touring side in Durban.”We sat down and had a good debrief. If I am honest I thought we played at about 40 percent in PE. Another 100 runs and it would have been a helluva Test match,” Lyon said.advertisement”We will have a team meeting tonight to sit and discuss where we can better. The pitch is interesting, it looks a pretty good wicket. It’s a helluva series with two top teams going at it.”Lyon had an excellent 2017 during which he took 63 wickets at an average of 23.55, but in this series each of his six dismissals have cost him close to 40 runs despite favourable conditions.”I think I have played my role (in the series), but credit to South Africa, they have played me well on spinning wickets. I am just trying to hold up an end up and challenge these guys’ defences,” Lyon said.All-rounder Mitchell Marsh (groin) and seamer Mitchell Starc (calf) came through training on Tuesday after overcoming niggles and are available for selection.last_img read more

South Africa vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 1 in Johannesburg: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 1.30 PM today

first_imgAustralia will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 4th Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg on SonyLIV from 1.30 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Watch: Australia practice in Johannesburg after Steve Smith’s emotional apologyBRIEF PREVIEW:Australia must overcome significant batting changes at the top of their order and the shame of a ball-tampering scandal if they are to avoid another piece of unwanted history against South Africa in the fourth Test at The Wanderers starting on Friday.The match is the last in what has been a tempestuous series, with South Africa leading 2-1 following their emphatic, and now infamous, 322-run victory in Cape Town, a game that will forever be remembered for an audacious attempted cheat by their opponents.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks downSouth Africa are seeking a first home series win over the Australians since 1970 and will be heavy favourites as they take their settled squad into the fixture against a touring side in chaos. (Watch: Steve Smith breaks down during public apology for ball-tampering scandal)Former Australian captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have all been sent home in disgrace for their roles in the tampering scandal, replaced by openers Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.Ball Tampering: Umpire Harper had raised concerns over Smith and Warner back in November 2016advertisementAll are likely to slot straight into the side, with Renshaw, who made his debut against South Africa in 2016, to add to his 10 Tests, Burns, who played the last of his 13 Tests against the Proteas 17 months ago, and Maxwell (seven matches) showing form in domestic cricket.Australia had just one training session having cancelled practice on Wednesday, while the new arrivals will have to quickly overcome any lingering jet lag.Click here for full preview.last_img read more

CWGs first transgender competitor withdraws in tears after injury

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Gold Coast, Apr 9 (PTI) After warming some hearts and causing resentment to others, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard – the first transgender to compete at the Commonwealth Games – was left in tears when she had to withdraw from womens +90kg weightlifting competition owing to a dislocated shoulder. Formerly Gavin Hubbard before transitioning into a woman in her 30s, the 40-year-old Hubbard has attracted quite a bit of attention and some scorn from rivals. Samoan weightifting team head coach Jerry Wallwork insisted that Hubbard being allowed to compete in the Games is unfair on the other women competitors as she still has the strength of a male, that she once was. “I havent really read or followed commentary regarding my competing at the Commonwealth Games. I dont really have an opinion,” was Hubbards response to the controversy. She was, however, worried about the crowd reception but the warmth offered by the spectators left her overwhelmed. “It would be untrue to say the thought never crossed my mind. No indication of that at all today. They were absolutely fantastic. Its a credit to the Australian people and the broader sporting community,” said the weightlifter, whose father was the Mayor of Auckland for three years starting 2004. “The Australian crowd was magnificent. It felt like just a big embrace. They really made me try to lift my best. I gave it everything and I regret I wasnt able to make the lift today,” she added. Hubbard retired from todays competition after hurting her shoulder on her final snatch. She suffered shoulder dislocation and dropped the bar behind her.advertisement The Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive David Grevemberg avoid the matter when asked about Hubbard at the daily media briefing today. “The rules are the rules and they all play by the rules. There is a process to evaluate those rules, through the International Weightlifting Federation, and from that perspective there is a process to be followed,” he said. Hubbard, meanwhile, said she gave it her all while going for the Commonwealth record in snatch. “Its obviously a difficult time. But the one thing I am happiest about is that I tried to reach for my best performance. This happens sometimes, but thats sport,” she said fighting back tears. “We can always go back over these things in our heads, but the truth is that unless we try to be the best person we can be, the best athlete, then really we are not being true to sport,” she added. “Medals are only one measure of performance. I am obviously unhappy I had to withdraw, but I gave it everything I had and I can sleep well knowing that.” PTI PM AT ATlast_img read more

Haryana govt cancels award function for CWG medallists after prize money furore

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 25 (PTI) The Haryana government today cancelled the felicitation function for the states Commonwealth Games medal winners after being threatened with a boycott by top athletes such as wrestler Vinesh Phogat and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra over a proposed cut in prize money. The function was to be held in Panchkula tomorrow but athletes such as Phogat, Chopra and boxer Manoj Kumar had refused to attend it, citing the cut proposed for athletes employed with units like the Railways and Services. While Phogat and Chopra had won gold medals, Manoj claimed a bronze in the Gold Coast event. “We have decided to cancel tomorrows programme. We will be holding a meeting soon wherein we will review the existing policy. Under our sports policy, it is quite clear that we have to give award money to those who have played from the state,” Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij told PTI. “There is no provision in the present policy to give award to those who have represented other bodies like Railways or the Army,” he added. Vij said even the reduced prize money being planned for the likes of Phogat (Railways) and Chopra (Services) is a departure from the past provision of not awarding athletes belonging to other units. “…we gave relaxation in our policy and considered even those players who play for bodies like Railways, lest they feel that they got any less than what their counterparts who represent the state get. “Everyone is aware that Haryana gives highest award money. What we had said is that we will deduct the prize money that they get from their employer, in case of any, from the total reward money,” Vij explained.advertisement Vij said that sportspersons objection to the government plan is not justified. “If we dont go for deduction of this amount, then those who played from Haryana, their reward money will be reduced whereas those who played from other bodies, they will take Rs one crore, lets say from Railways as well as get Rs 1.5 crore from the Haryana government. We will be holding a meeting. We will review the existing policy,” he said. The preparations for organising the mega awards function at Panchkula had almost been completed. As per earlier programme, Governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki was to honour the medal winners in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Sports Minister Anil Vij. Of the 22 CWG medallists from Haryana, 13 represent organisations such as Indian Railways and Army. The Haryana government was to felicitate all the 22 medal winners. However, controversy broke out after a few of the medal winners threatened boycott if the government didnt withdraw its decision of making the deduction from their prize money. According to Haryana?s sports policy, a CWG gold medallist from the state is to get Rs 1.5 crore, a silver-medallist Rs 75 lakh and a bronze-medallist Rs 50 lakh. PTI SUN PM PM PM PMlast_img read more

When Sachin Tendulkar went in disguise to watch Roja in 1994

first_imgLiving the life of Sachin Tendulkar can get really tough sometimes as revealed by the Master Blaster himself and nobody would disagree with him as he literally gets mobbed by his fans.Being a public figure can get really tough sometimes especially if you are hailed as a god by a billion people like Tendulkar.Therefore, living a normal life is nearly impossible and even a simple thing like catching up on a movie at a theatre is something that Tendulkar cannot do.The 45-year-old recently revealed that even back in the day in 1994 when there was no social media he had to go watch a movie in a disguise but even then he was recognised and had to leave immediately.”I think in 1994, we all decided to watch Roja. Anjali was there, her father was there and so were a couple of friends of mine. We went somewhere in Worli. I was wearing sunglasses and had a fake beard also I think.”But in all the chaos in the theatre my sunglasses fell off and one of the lense went missing. But even then I picked it up and wore the broken sunglass and kept my head down. But still somehow I got recognised and then we had to leave. Half-way through the film we had to leave,” Tendulkar told Gaurav Kapoor on his popular chat show, Breakfast with Champions.Kapoor’s quirky chat show is back with its fifth season and it opened with the Master Blaster as the first guest.advertisementTendulkar is adored by a billion Indians and has a massive fan following all around the world thanks to his exploits on the cricket field for nearly 24 years.When he was at the crease everyone used to breathe a sigh of relief as they knew the Little Master would win the match for India almost singlehandedly.With the weight of expectations of nearly a billion people, it is hard to imagine the kind of pressure he was under throughout his career.Hailed as the God of Cricket here in India, Tendulkar retired from the sport in 2013 with the record of being the highest run-scorer in Tests (15921) and ODIs (18426).He slammed a century of hundreds across formats throughout his career – 51 in Tests, 49 in ODIs – and is widely regarded as the greatest cricketer to have ever played the game.last_img read more

Pakistani squash players dont get financial benefits: Jansher Khan

first_imgKarachi, May 21 (PTI) Squash legend Jansher Khan believes that until the financial health of squash players improve, Pakistan cannot hope to regain past glory in the sport. ?The downfall of squash is mainly due to the fact that our players don?t get the required financial benefits from representing their country,? Jansher told PTI in an interview on Monday. The champion from the small hamlet of Nawakheli on the outskirts of Peshawar ruled the squash world by winning the World Open title eight times and the prestigious British Open six times between 1987 and 96. Jansher and Jahangir Khan dominated world squad for nearly two decades with their rivalry becoming a folklore in squash. ?People ask me why have our squash standard dipped. The truth is Pakistan is struggling in every other sport other than cricket because there is no private sponsorship or government support for them,? the 48-year old said. ?In no sport can we achieve good results until the government and private corporations get together to support the players. These sportsmen and women are our national assets and need to be given strong financial backing,? Jansher said. Jansher minced no words in stating that in Pakistan the biggest problem facing sports was lack of employment for players. ?Until the financial health and stability of these players improves don?t expect any miracles from them.? He noted that India had started doing well in other sports at the top level only because their government was investing a lot of funds into sports and players coaching/training and secondly their private sector was also strongly supporting different sports.advertisement ?They now host top leagues of different sports and it is helping them improve a lot.? Jansher said he also couldn?t have achieved the laurels he did for his country if the national airlines had not supported him in every way at the start of his career. ?If a sportsman or woman is financially unstable and worried about where his next rupee is going to come from how can he concentrate and focus on his game.? PTI KHS KHS KHSlast_img read more

Exclusive: India goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu wanted to be a cricketer first

first_imgGurpreet Singh Sandhu is the big wall of Indian football, India’s No.1 goalkeeper and the only Indian player to have played in the Europa League. At a mere age of 26, Gurpreet has achieved all of that and there’s surely much more in store for him.But here’s the catch, football was not the first sport he tried his hands on. It was cricket that Gurpreet first looked to pursue but the game that has got a whole nation enamoured did not “excite” him much.Gurpreet’s massive reach, big hands, strong core and excellent ability to read the ball is what makes him guard the Indian post so well but the 6 ft 4 inches keeper intially wanted to be a batsman.And not just that, he was at an academy playing cricket in his hometown Mohali for 3-4 days before he decided it was not fun for him.”I didn’t start with football. I started with cricket, to be honest. I started to play because of my dad, he is a big cricket fan and I live in Mohali, quite close to the PCA Stadium.”I wanted to be a batsman but the coach didn’t see it in me. He (his father) helped me get into an academy there but the first 3-4 days didn’t excite me much. When it’s not fun for you, you can’t do it and football was much more fun for me,” Gurpreet told IndiaToday.in. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu said he did not even have a history of watching football before he began playing the game. (AIFF Photo)Not just cricket, Gurpreet also considered volleyball but then fate happened.advertisement”I also tried volleyball in school but that didn’t excite me either.”I then got into the football academy in my school. I joined them in 2000 when the coaches approached me and asked me if I wanted to play football. Before that I didn’t have any history of playing football or even watching football. That is how it all started for me!” Gurpreet stated.Also read – Sunil Chhetri brace helps India lift 2018 Intercontinental CupGurpreet is not only the Indian sportsperson to have begun with a different sport than the one they ended up playing for life. Former India captain MS Dhoni is a very well known example of the same.Dhoni wanted to be a footballer, in fact a goalkeeper, but fate landed him into cricket and wicketkeeping and the rest is history.However, Dhoni and a lot of Indian cricketers are massive followers of football and even play under Virat Kohli’s ‘All Hearts FC’ once a year. Recently when Sunil Chhetri made an appeal to Indian sports fans to come and watch the national football team play in the stadium, cricketing greats like Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar supported his appeal.While most Indian cricketers follow football, Gurpreet says it’s not the case vice-versa.”I don’t think many (footballers) follow but I like my cricket. I love my T20.”There’s not a particular (Indian Premier League) team I follow but I like MS Dhoni and Virat. They are very hard working people and I envy their hard work,” Gurpreet shared.The recent buzz around Indian football has been a refreshing change from the madness of India’s cricket-crazy nature but footballers and in fact, most other sportspersons still don’t get their due.@GurpreetGK kicking it long…#WeAreIndia #BackTheBlue #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/1MOhKjjpnzIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 3, 2018Gurpreet feels it is a gradual progression, the signs of which are beginning to crop up. He felt India is beginning to become a multi-sport nation and the most important lesson for people out of it should be how they can use different sports to keep themselves fit.”It’s something we can’t change at the moment but something we have to gradually get into (about India’s focus on cricket). I think in the past 10 years, things have changed and we have become a multi-sport nation.Also read – Intercontinental Cup 2018: Another packed house as India play New Zealand”But at the end of the day, what I feel people should learn from this is how to keep themselves fit because at the end of the day, the message you’re sending is that you need to be healthy and sports is one of the ways to do that. You can’t just look at one sport and be like ‘oh, this is the sport’. You need to look at different sports and take what you can from it. Everyone is working so hard and people might want to replicate that in their lives,” the Red Bull athlete said.advertisementEven as Gurpreet garners praises from all corners for his stupendous show in the Intercontinental Cup, especially in the final, he says he wants more. He wants to see football getting backed in a much bigger manner in the future.”I’m a person who is never satisfied, I want more. I want more of everything. I want more to happen with football and you know it’s something that can happen. It’s not like something that can’t happen. We have seen it happen in the last two weeks.”last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, OnePlus 6, iPhone X: Best phones to buy in July

first_imgWith new smartphones coming out almost every other week, it can be difficult keeping track of the good from the bad. Smartphones today are getting better and better and that’s not just restricted to the high-end segment anymore. We come up with a list every month after shortlisting some of the best new phones to have launched in the Indian market and we sort them in various price brackets from the low-end to the absolute premium ones to help consumers make a better decision of what to buy depending on their budget.No surprises that the low-end segment continues to be dominated by Xiaomi and our July list features some Redmi phones that have done exceptionally well by offering well-rounded phones at an affordable price. Higher up the chain we have phones from Nokia, OnePlus and Samsung to name a few that have also launched some impressive new smartphones this year. Our list also takes some phones from late last year as we feel they have aged well and continue to deserve a place on the list.CHEAPEST PHONE WORTH BUYINGRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999Still holding the entry-level fort is Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A. The budget offering from Xiaomi continues to take on other low-cost phones including Android Go phones like the Nokia 1 by offering good hardware and decent performance. The pricing may not be as exciting as the Rs 4,999 introductory price, but even at its current price tag, the phone offers plenty for entry-level consumers.The Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Auto-focus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 10,000advertisementRedmi 5: Rs 7,999It’s not just the Redmi 5A, Xiaomi has a few more phones in its artillery in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment that are worth noting and probably worth considering if you’re in the market. The Redmi 5 is priced just a notch higher than the Redmi 5A and offers so much more in terms of performance and design. The phone takes everything that made the Redmi 4 so successful in India and adds a more 2018 look and feel to it.The Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch ‘full-screen’ HD+ display with a 720×1440 pixel resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9, and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE) connectivity. As far as optics are concerned, the phone comes with a 12-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection auto-focus and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash.Redmi Y2: Rs 9,999Xiaomi did not see a big success with the Redmi Y1 last year, which is a rare sight to see. A number of reasons helped its poor sales such as an underwhelming build and design and disappointing cameras. Xiaomi seems to have learned from its mistakes because the Redmi Y2, which was launched last week, improves upon its successor in every way and offers not only an updated, more premium-looking design, but also comes with some really good cameras and a good battery life. The Redmi Y2 sports a 5.99-inch HD+ display and comes with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip and is offered in two variants, although only the 3GB + 32GB option falls under the Rs 10,000 segment and is the one that makes the most sense. The phone supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot, and supports 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo (based MIUI 9) out-of-the-box.One of its biggest highlights is that it sports a dual camera setup with a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5-megapixel camera, for depth sensing. For its price, the Redmi Y2 captures some good-looking photos in decent light with a good amount of detail and colour reproduction.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 20,000Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999It’s safe to say Asus surprised everyone with the ZenFone Max Pro M1. The phone comes at a pretty great price considering all that Asus is offering which includes stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, a bezel-less design with an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a whopping 5,000mAh battery, among other things.advertisementThe ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by a very capable and powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is the same chip that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. The phone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display and comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and also USB OTG. The dual rear camera system includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.Moto G6: Rs 13,999Motorola launched the Moto G6 in India last month, which succeeds last year’s Moto G5 and Moto G5S. The affordable mid-range smartphone brings a brand new design language to the Moto G lineup by introducing an all-glass design and a full-screen display, among other things. I reviewed the phone and found it to be the best looking phone under Rs 15,000 right now.The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ 1080p IPS LCD Max Vision display and is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 chipset. The base variant that’s priced below Rs 15,000 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs near stock Android Oreo and houses a 3,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. It comes with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back and a 16MP front-facing camera.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999Coming into July, the Redmi Note 5 Pro still remains one of the best devices you can find under Rs 15,000 right now. The phone is a powerhouse performer and manages to nail pretty much all aspects of what you want in a smartphone which includes a premium metal build, 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a powerful chipset, among other things.The Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a similar 5.99-inch FHD+ display as the Redmi Note 5. However, under-the-hood the Note 5 Pro is spiritually closer to the Redmi Note 3 in terms of performance. It is the first smartphone to be powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor which brings Qualcomm’s Kryo 260 CPU cores that will deliver around 40 per cent more power than the Snapdragon 630. The chipset is designed to produce power while being energy efficient at the same time. We reviewed the Redmi Note 5 Pro and found that the phone really is a beast in terms of performance.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 30,000Nokia 7 Plus: Rs 25,999Arguably the best value-for-money phone in HMD’s newest lineup, the Nokia 7 Plus ticks most of the right boxes. The phone not only comes with a unique and captivating design that includes copper accents all around the frame, but it also features a tank-like solid metal body, an 18:9 display which is a first for the company, dual rear camera module. Not to mention it runs pure, stock Android thanks to it being part of the Android One program, and is powered by a fantastic chipset and impresses with its battery life as well.advertisement The Nokia 7 Plus sports a 6-inch FHD+ IPS display with Gorilla Glass on top. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 SoC, making it the first phone with the chipset in the country. This is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and can be updated to Android 8.1 Oreo as well.I reviewed the phone and found it to be a stellar offering at this price segment. The only thing that the phone gets wrong is the Zeiss-branded cameras, which perform poorly in low-light. But if cameras are important, then the Honor View 10 should be your choice in this price range. The only threat to the Nokia 7 Plus is sadly the Nokia 8 from last year, which is available for Rs 28,000 now and can also be recommended as it packs 2017 flagship trimming including a Snapdragon 835 chipsetOnePlus 6: Rs 34,999When it comes to affordable flagship phones, it doesn’t get better than the OnePlus 6 right now. OnePlus’ latest smartphone not only brings high-end specs but also a very premium all-glass design and an AMOLED display that is the biggest on a OnePlus phone yet. The phone starts at Rs 34,999 for the 6GB + 64GB option while the 8GB + 128GB variant comes in at Rs 39,999 and is available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Silk White colour options. If you’re willing to wait a while longer, OnePlus also launched a Red colour variant that will go on sale starting July 16.The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.BEST PHONE(S) MONEY CAN BUYPixel 2 XL: Rs 50,500Google’s second-generation Pixel flagship smartphone offers perhaps the best Android experience one can ask for. Not only does the Pixel 2 XL offer the purest Android software, but it also comes with top-of-the-line hardware, a full-screen display and some of the best cameras on a smartphone to date. For those looking at a premium Android smartphone right now, the Pixel 2 XL is perhaps the best option out there.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of 2017’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which until a couple of month ago was the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, we found that handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.Samsung Galaxy S9+: Rs 64,900Android consumers who want the best designed phone that money can buy need not look any further than the Galaxy S9+. This is a stunning flagship from Samsung that keeps the design language more or less similar to its predecessor. Samsung has loaded the Galaxy S9+ with a host of new features inside such as Intelligent Scan, AR Emoji and Super Slo-mo mode among other things. Notably, the Galaxy S9+ is the first Galaxy S phone to sport a dual rear camera system. Additionally, it comes with a Dual Aperture feature that switches between two apertures depending on the lighting conditions. This allows for some spectacular low-light photography that is capable to take on the Pixel 2 XL. Other than that and the display size, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are pretty much identical. The S9+ comes with sports a 6.1-inch WQHD+ (1440×2960) Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 chip coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 256GB of internal storage.iPhone X: Rs 84,999The iPhone X is currently the best iPhone from the Apple to date and one that die-hard Apple would love to get their hands on, if they’re able to afford it. The X brings a whole new design language for the company that includes an edge-to-edge display with a notch cut out on top that is unfortunately catching on among the Android world as well. Recently, I installed iOS 12 beta on the iPhone X and found that the phone is even smoother than ever is worth the investment knowing a good iOS update is in the offing.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display, terrific performance and stellar cameras.last_img read more

Degree row: DySP Harmanpreet may be demoted to constable’s post

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 10 (PTI) Indian Women’s T-20 Captain and vice-captain of women’s national team Harmanpreet Kaur, who was appointed as a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) in March this year on the basis of her sporting credentials, may be demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be “fake” by Punjab Police.”As her graduation degree was found to be fake, Harmanpreet’s qualification can now be treated as Class XII. So she can be given the post of constable which matches hereducational qualification,” said a senior government official.The government, however, is yet to take a final decision as the home department has sought comments from the director general of police on this matter.”The file (pertaining to Harmanpreet) has been sent to the DGP office for his comments,” a senior official of the Home Department said.According to the service rules, a candidate has to be a graduate for the post of DSP in Punjab.The Punjab police during verification of Harmanpreet’s testimonials had found her graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut, as “fake”.Harmanpreet who had come to Mohali on July 3 for an event had told media, “I am aware of it (controversy), the government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positiveresponse.”Harmanpreet’s father Harmandar Singh had earlier claimed that the testimonials of his daughter were “genuine”.He had claimed that his daughter got the job of office superintendent at the Western Railway on the basis of the graduation degree.advertisementIndian women’s T20 captain was appointed a DySP Punjab police in March thisyear. The Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had offered the post of DySP to Harmanpreet in July last year, following her scintillating performance in the Women’s World Cup 2017.Harmanpreet was earlier employed with the Indian Railways but was relieved from her duties earlier this year after she put in a request to join Punjab police.The Punjab government had also taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry to waive the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet, who is a native of Moga, to join as a DySP in Punjab Police from March 1. PTI CHS SUN VSD RAXRAXlast_img read more