Cricket News IPL 2019: No slouch with white ball: Ravichandran Ashwin

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin echoed the same sentiments as Ishant Sharma. Ravichandran Ashwin will be seen captaining Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming IPL.Kings XI Punjab will play their first game against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.  highlights New Delhi: This year, though the focus would still be on the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League, the primary focus will be on the most prestigious tournament of the year – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Almost every team is trying to tick every box and have the best combination which eventually can help them get close to the coveted title. For India, the spin sensation Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been exceedingly successful for India in all three formats of the game but hasn’t featured in the limited overs arena ever since the introduction of two young spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. With the World Cup squad yet to be announced, Ravichandran Ashwin echoed sentiments reminding that he is “no slouch with white ball”.“I don’t know, it is a perception. I am no slouch. In the white ball format, my records are not as bad as what it is perceived to be. It is out of the perception that wrist spinners are required in modern one day cricket that I am sitting out,” straight-talking off-spinner said when asked about the challenge of concentrating on one format. He also pointed out that in his last ODI game for the country against the West Indies in North Sound on June 30, 2017, he had returned with figures of 3 for 28.“The last ODI I played, I got 3 for 28. I would always look back at my career and I would like to believe it’s not due to my efforts that I am sitting out (but) it is due to the supply and demand that the team requires,” he said. Ashwin is happy with his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he got seven wickets from six games at a decent economy.“I went and played the Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20 tournament) and I had a decent outing. That’s how I look at it. I am playing cricket and it is not like I need to specialise in one particular format. It is the challenges of the modern day game, I will be looking forward to doing whatever I can do best,” explained the 32-year bowler.On the issue of limiting the workload on India players in the IPL ahead of the World Cup, Ashwin said it’s not easy to look too far ahead and also mentioned that the players knew about how to maintain fitness.“I don’t think as a cricketer you can look far ahead about what needs to be done and how you can manage it. As a cricketer or as a sportsperson, you just concentrate on what happens today. The franchise has invested money on you. Obviously, it is a massive tournament, everybody plays for pride, everybody wants to perform and excel.”However, he agreed that the workload factor will always stay at the back of their heads.“It definitely stays at the back of the head because it is being spoken about a lot more right now. I am sure the players are responsible enough and more fitness-aware and be able to handle it than they ever were. I don’t think going into the tournament people will be thinking about it but as the tournament pans out and the way it goes for each and every franchise and for each and every player, they will take decisions wisely.”But at the same time, he said the World Cup is huge and no one wants to miss it.“Probably because of the number of injuries and the number of premium players that are right now available for the country and how important every spot is. It is a dream for every cricketer to represent his country at the World Cup, it is a big stage. Obviously, bowlers have more chances of succumbing to injuries because of the workload they go through It is physically harder on the body than the batters. Probably from that point of view, if you look at a (Jasprit) Bumrah or a Bhuvneshwar – Bumrah has been fine but Bhuvneshwar has had a few (fitness) concerns over the last year or so. I think from that point of view the bowlers need to be taken good care of,” he added.Ashwin also said that there has been no communication with the franchises about the chances of some players missing part of IPL, commencing on March 23, owing to the World Cup that follows from May 30 in England.“No, we have no intimation regarding any such player policy or anything like that and they have been very clear in terms of communication with regards to whatever needs to be communicated to the franchise so far. Yes, the schedule is not out yet like we all know but the elections are something that is more important than anything else,” he concluded.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Leicester Coach, Rogers, Confirms Ndidi’s Four-week Injury Sideline

first_img“It was just unfortunate, he nicked his meniscus just changing direction. You’re looking at around three or four weeks (out), so he’ll probably miss most of January and early February, and then he will be back by then.”Rodgers deployed Youri Tielemans in Ndidi’s position before bringing on Hamza Choudhury in the second half and the latter made the crucial interception that allowed Kelechi Iheanacho to grab an equaliser.“Hamza Choudhury made a huge difference,” Rodgers added. “It’s my fault that I didn’t start him tonight. We could see that we needed him and he gave us our identity back.”Leicester, second in the standings, resume their league campaign on Saturday when they host Southampton – a team they beat 9-0 in the reverse fixture in October.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leicester City’s defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will be sidelined until February after sustaining a knee injury which requires surgery, manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed yesterday.Ndidi has been crucial to Leicester’s fortunes this season and the influential Nigerian leads the Premier League in both tackles and interceptions.“Wilf (Ndidi) took a knock in training yesterday (Wednesday) which unfortunately means he might need a slight operation,” Rodgers said when explaining why he missed Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal. Wilfred-Ndidilast_img read more

USC well-prepared for pass-heavy scheme

first_imgFacing the nation’s eighth-best passing attack might be a source of significant concern for a lot of teams. But having already faced two other top-10 passing teams in Oregon State and Washington State, the Trojans feel well prepared for the “Air Raid” offense they will face in Berkeley this Saturday.Shut down · Senior defensive end Morgan Breslin has been ruled out for “an extensive period of time,” according to interim head coach Ed Orgeron. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“There’s a little bit of carryover,” redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard said. “They’re a powerful offense. We’ve got to eliminate explosion plays and affect the quarterback.”The Trojans more or less did just that against Oregon State. The Beavers were actually the leading passing attack in the nation before USC’s 31-14 victory last Friday, averaging more than 420 yards per game through the air. But a mere 277 yards passing dropped the Beavers’ average by more than 15 yards, dropping them behind Baylor and Texas Tech.“It was a big boost,” USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron said about the secondary’s performance against Oregon State. In addition to the 277 yards allowed, the defense also recorded three interceptions. “But again, it’s a new week. We can’t let our hands down. [Cal] will throw the ball vertical, and they have some speed.”Unlike the Beavers, who were considered one of the top teams in the Pac-12, the Bears are just 1-8. And with a grudge match against Stanford on the horizon the following Saturday, it would be easy to overlook Cal.“We’re in the mode of one game at a time and one day at a time,” Orgeron said. “And hopefully we can stay focused on that.”USC hasn’t lost to Cal since 2003, when the unranked Bears stunned the top-ranked Trojans in triple overtime. USC went on to win 34 straight games after that, but that doesn’t ease the pain for Orgeron, who was USC’s assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at the time.“I will always remember that day,” Orgeron said. “We walked into a snake pit. We didn’t play very well and we tried to catch up and we couldn’t. That was a devastating loss.”Breslin outOrgeron announced that senior linebacker Morgan Breslin will have surgery on an injured hip. He’s expected to be out for “an extensive period of time,” but Orgeron left open the possibility of him returning for a later game, possibly a bowl game.“In my 27 years of coaching, he’s actually one of my favorite players I’ve ever coached,” Orgeron said of Breslin. “He’s just a fantastic young man. Totally dedicated to football. Great player, obviously. And I just loved his attitude.”In other injury news, sophomore defensive lineman Leonard Williams was surprisingly held out of practice with a shoulder ailment. Orgeron deemed him questionable for Saturday.Junior cornerback Anthony Brown and junior tight end Randall Telfer are both out with knee injuries. Sophomore running back Tre Madden is out with a hamstring, as is senior linebacker Marquis Simmons with a back injury. Senior offensive lineman Kevin Graf is probable despite a bad ankle.Those seven injury concerns are still quite a bit fewer than just a few weeks ago, something not lost on Orgeron.“I feel like the line is a bit thicker, especially on offense,” Orgeron said. “We’re feeling healthier and more confident.” Follow Nick on Twitter @NickMBurtonlast_img read more

Coach bemoans West Indies batting approach in Dubai conditions

first_img “(They are) quality spin bowlers on pitches they are used to bowling on and they did a very good job. We didn’t find a way with the bat to combat that. It certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort by the players; they just found it very difficult. It’s disappointing.” Radford was quick to praise Pakistan’s batting effort, which saw them tally 160 for four off their 20 overs after being sent in. “Pakistan have bowled well and have actually fielded very well, and when they batted, they showed that on a slow wicket and a big outfield, it’s actually all about knocking the ball into gaps and doing a lot of running,” he explained. “They ran a lot of twos, which I think really stretched us, and I don’t think it was ever going to be a game for lots of boundaries because I don’t think it was that type of surface or that type of outfield.” DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Batting coach Toby Radford said West Indies once again failed to adjust to conditions in Saturday night’s second Twenty20 International and need to find answers ahead of the final game tomorrow. For the second straight day, the reigning World champions found themselves completely outclassed by Pakistan, this time slumping to a 16-run defeat to surrender the three-match series. Radford said his side’s batting performance had once again been “disappointing”, pointing out that it followed a similar trend to Friday’s nine-wicket loss in the opening game. “The first power play today and yesterday were similar. (We were) five (wickets) down yesterday, three down in the first six (overs) today, and I think the big difference, when you looked at Pakistan in the first six, (is that) they were 38 for one (in the opening game) and 39 for one (today),” said the Englishman, who joined the side just before the series. “Clearly, the game plan from Pakistan has been to have slow wickets, bowl a lot of spin and have very big boundaries. The West Indies are known to be a big six-hitting and boundary-hitting side and normally play on slightly quicker pitches and slightly smaller outfields, but it is up to us to find a way around that.” Chasing 161 for victory at the Dubai International Stadium in order to level the series, West Indies never got going, slumping to 19 for three in the sixth over and then 89 for seven in the 16th. “I thought Sohail Tanvir bowled very well with the new ball tonight and picked up two wickets. I thought yesterday Imad (Wasim) picking up five wickets was very, very good,” Radford said about the first game on Friday. GOOD JOBlast_img read more