Ryan Sessegnon is fully focused on playing for Fulham amid transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Craven Cottage.The 18-year-old has attracted a host of admirers after his performances last term lead to him being named Championship Player of the Season.The winger scored 15 goals and bagged six assists in the league last year as Fulham clinched promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs, overcoming Aston Villa 1-0 at Wembley. 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! However, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace in their opening game of the season and Sessegnon, who will be central to Fulham’s bid to cement themselves as a top-flight team, insists his concentration is set on performing for the Cottagers.”You always see little bits and bobs when teams are linked with you, but I was always staying focused on playing for Fulham,” Sessegnon told Sky Sports . “That’s my main focus – just getting my head down and playing for Fulham.”He did concede, however, that reports suggesting he could move to a club playing in the Champions League have given him a boost.”Of course as a young player, when you get linked to these clubs playing Champions League football, it’s always flattering.”Regarding talks of a new contract at Craven Cottage, the England Under-21 international said: “I’m not aware of anything right now. I’m just playing and seeing how it goes.”Sessegnon first featured in the Fulham side as a left-back at the age of16, but has since become noted for his pace and attacking play.The Whites brought in a host of new signings ahead of the 2018-19 season including Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Alfie Mawson, and many pundits have tipped the Premier League new boys to perform well in the coming campaign.Sessegnon will be looking to impress when Fulham face potential suitors Spurs on Saturday.
Tanuj Bhatia, 23, who was all set to join the Delhi football team, instead landed in an operation theatre for not having given the precise surgery that he required at a top private hospital in Delhi.Tanuj has been passionate about football since childhood, but years of practice had made his knee ruptured, after which he knocked the door of a private city hospital. Doctors however, failed to provide him the precise surgery required for his failed Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).”On the advice of my doctor at the private hospital, I joined the football team, following 6 months of rest. However, my knee failed again. I spent huge chuck of money at the hospital and treatment was unsatisfactory. At Sports Injury Centre, doctors diagnosed a problem with my ligament and declared me unfit for the game,” Tanuj, who lives in Delhi’s Rajender Nagar area told Mail Today.Tanuj’s case is not the first one as doctors at Sports Injury Centre have received at least 10 cases with similar history.Speaking to Mail Today, (Prof) Dr Deepak Chaudhary, director of Sports Injury Centre said: “Tanuj’s Anterior Cruciate Ligament failed as a result of the previous surgery done at a private hospital. We did an arthroscopy surgery which would be followed by months of proper rehabilitation under the close watch of experts.”According to Dr Chaudhary, sportsmen who have undergone appropriate and precise procedure of reconstruction of ACL, have 95 percent chances of recovery.”With increasing failure of doctors at private hospitals, we are ending up handling more such cases, like nearly 10 cases a month,” he added.advertisementExperts noted that the cause of failure is the lack of expertise and knowledge.”The point of fixation should correspond to the native ligament. Nonanatomical placement of the tunnels is a common reason of ligament failure,” informed Chaudhary.ALSO READ | Delhi: Safdarjung Hospital doctors excel in cochlear implants
Ranchi, May 1 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that labourers, who are getting Rs 500 as pension per month, will now get Rs 750 while beneficiaries of family pension will get Rs 500 from the current Rs 300. Addressing “Shramik Samman Samaroh” here on the occasion of Labour Day, the chief minister said that both the announcements would be effective from today.The government would also open sports school for the children from poor background so that they could make sports career.Stating that the youth in the remote areas were deviating from the mainstream due to lack of employment, Das said the government is continuously making efforts to get the youth employed.The government has made efforts in providing 900 youths from extremist-affected areas ? Pesrar, Jhumra and Gurabandha – jobs in private security agencies and they are getting Rs 8,500 per month.Das said that the Labour, Employment and Training Department was bringing up developmental schemes as well as imparting skills to the youth in naxal-affected areas, which would bring prosperity in their life.He said the state has no dearth of labour force but due to untrained labour force their economic situation is weak so the department is working to train them and strengthen their social and economic condition.Das congratulated the department for coming first for the second successive year in labour reforms, and said due to ease in labour act investors are setting up industries, which is fetching employment.Udyami Sakhi Mandal has been created to generate employment, Das said, adding the government?s aim is ?antyodaya? (uplifting the poor).advertisementHe said labour force from organised sector are connected with trade unions but not the people from the unorganized sector and appealed to the people from the unorganized sector to register themselves so that they could get Centre and state governments schemes.Stating that the government has several welfare schemes, Das directed to set up a week-long camp and open bank accounts to those labourers not having an account.Jharkhand Urban Development Minister C P Singh said that the government was making efforts to give benefit to the mazdoors (labourers). Singh urged the Labour department to register rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaw pullers and Safai employees so that they could also get benefits from government schemes.Labour, Employment, Training and Skill Development Minister Raj Paliwar said that under the guidance of the chief minister mazdoors were felicitated on the occasion.Several schemes are being taken up by the government to bring smile on the faces of the mazdoors.Paliwar also said that the state government was pondering over to implement the Centre?s minimum wage of Rs 325.The mazdoors were also included in Atal Pension Yozana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Surakhya Yozana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yozana, Paliwar said. PTI PVR RG
Enduring an embarrassing run so far, Delhi Daredevils face the enormous task of presenting a decent challenge when they take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL encounter, here today.It will be extremely difficult for Daredevils to pick up the pieces from their 10-wicket drubbing against Kings XI Punjab after being shot out for their lowest ever IPL total of 67 runs. Their bowlers have still managed to make an impression but the batsmen have let the side down with unending poor run.Languishing at the bottom of the table with four points from eight games, facing an in-form Sunrisers (13 points from 10 games) will be a tough proposition especially with the kind of form opposition captain David Warner is in. Except for the initial period, Daredevils have struggled badly and have only gone from bad to worse.It is turning out to be yet another nightmarish season for the hosts and compounding their misery is a hamstring injury to captain Zaheer Khan, forcing him to miss out on the last match against Kings XI Punjab. Zaheer will also miss the game tonight and remains doubtful for the rest of the season.It is still now known if he will be able to make a come back and their England import Sam Billings is also leaving home to honour his international commitments. Even Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada are set to leave this week.Expectations that a number of all-rounders will do the job for them in absence of quality top-order batsmen have fallen flat. They lack an inspirational leader and handing the reins of the team to out-of-form Karun Nair shows how bad the situation is for them.advertisementOn the other hand, the defending champions have gone from strength to strength and have a captain who is leading from the front. On Sunday, the contrasting performances of the two sides tells the story.Daredevils were shot out for 67 and Hyderabad put on the board 209 for 3 against Kolkata Knight Riders before crushing the two-time champions by 48 runs.Hyderabad’s dominance was a result of an exceptional knock from captain Warner, who smashed 126 off 59 balls, punishing the KKR bowlers with 10 fours and eight sixes. Not only Warner (Current Orange Cap holder with 459 runs) but New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has also been in great touch. He has been batting exceptionally well since joining the side.Yuvraj Singh is due for a big score and if he also gets his touch back, it will make Hyderabad more dangerous.Indian paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Current Purple Cap holder with 20 wickets) has also been a a fantastic performer this season. His accuracy has been annoying batsmen from all rival teams. Ashish Nehra is always an asset despite being an ageing star while Mohammed Siraj has also played a great support role with senior teammates.All these factors make Hyderabad a side that makes them very competitive even for the most consistent sides likes KKR and Mumbai Indians.On the other side, lack of intent in Daredevils players has been very surprising. Only Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Corey Anderson looked like taking the oppositions on. The Indian players, save Amit Mishra, have fared poorly.Sanju Samson has failed to build on a good start when he hammered the first ton of the season. It will be miraculous if Daredevils improve. The good thing is that out of six remaining matches, they have five at home.Teams:Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (WK), Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Marlon Samuels.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha (WK), Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Ben Laughlin, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj.
Dhaka, May 3 (PTI) Bengaluru FC conceded two late goals in dramatic fashion as they lost 0-2 to 10-man Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh in their AFC Cup group match here today. When the home sides Nasiruddin Chowdhury was sent off with 10 minutes remaining in the Group E match, Bengaluru had appeared to be in a commanding position to claim all three points at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. But Abahani struck twice in the space of five minutes to stun the group leader visitors. Saad Uddin (87th) and Rubel Miya (90+2) scored for Abahani as they opened account in the tournament. They have lost all their earlier three group matches and they now have three points. For Bengaluru, it was their first defeat in the tournament in their fourth match. They had beaten Abahani 2-0 in the first leg at home. Bengaluru had more of the possession throughout the match and were the better side overall, but they could not breach the Abahani defence. They were handed the one-man advantage in the 80th minute when the referee gave the marching orders on Nasiruddin Chowdhury. But it was not to be Bengalurus day as Abahani pumped in two last-gasp goals. With just three minutes left on the clock, Saad Uddin connected a cross from the right to poke home and gave his side the lead, with a stunned Bengaluru defence caught napping. In the second minute of the injury time, Bengaluru conceded another goal while going all out for an equaliser. With few seconds left in the match, goalkeeper Amrinder Singh came out of his line and joined the Bengaluru offensive but he lost the ball high up the pitch. Amrinder fell on the ground after making contact with an Abahani player near the center line but the referee waved no foul. Rubel Miya won the ball and sent a high ball into the empty Bengaluru net. The result gave Abahani their first points of this years competition, while Bengaluru remain top of the group on nine points from four matches. Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives, who beat Mohun Bagan 5-2 in Male in another group match today, also have the nine points from four matches. PTI PDS PDSadvertisement
Long dominated by youth, women’s tennis pushed the boundaries of experience at the Australian Open in January when the combined age of the two finalists, Serena and Venus Williams, topped 70 for the first time.With five of the top 10 in the current rankings aged 28 or older, form suggests another pair of seasoned campaigners could contest the title match at the French Open, which starts in Paris on Sunday.So how has maturity bred such success in a sport whose transition from niche to mainstream owed much to the emergence of its teenage stars of the 1980s?For the player who sparked that mini-era — American Tracy Austin — mind, money, muscle and motivation all played a role.”My biggest strength was my mental strength,” Austin, who won the first of her two U.S. Opens as a 16-year-old in 1979, told Reuters.”Even in bad situations I was always trying to problem-solve, trying to think forward instead of looking back, and being tough on myself. For many that’s probably the last piece of the puzzle that comes into play.”Players used to winning as juniors can struggle to cope with more frequent defeat once they turn professional. Their older opponents are also keener, tougher and better paid than in the past, said Austin.”The physicality has increased so much. They’re stronger, they’re faster, they’re better athletes because sports medicine has come so far,” said Austin, speaking in April from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.FEELGOOD FACTORSpanish Davis Cup captain Conchita Martinez, who won her only major at 22 against a 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994, said the limit on the number of WTA events that under-18s can play also influenced the rankings.advertisementAs youngsters, “we could play every tournament we wanted and now they are restricted,” she told Reuters in Belgrade during last month’s tie against Serbia.Better equipment and fitness regimes have also levelled the playing field.”I think the technology for sure helps … and of course having more knowledge on how you don’t get injured,” Martinez said.Travelling entourages that for many top players now include coach, hitting partner, physio and fitness trainer can also help revitalise bodies that, as they age, take longer to recharge.Austin said having a team around you that is devoted to your fitness made a huge difference.”So you’re getting the maintenance, getting the recovery process going. The next day you feel that much better you are able to play a better match,” she added.”When you have a team, that’s almost like travelling with a mini-family so it makes the whole process more enjoyable.”Arguably no player has leveraged the feelgood factor better than Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni who, after joining the WTA Tour at 15 in 1997, suffered trauma off court and faded from the game. Having since rebuilt her career, she began the year ranked 79 and is now at 23.”I mean, that’s crazy, but really fun. It’s really nice,” the 35-year-old said after making the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open to equal her best grand slam showing.HIGH CEILINGSInvited to pick a future slam champion from today’s young challengers, Austin remains cautious.As an analyst for U.S. network Tennis Channel, she followed Daria Kasatkina all the way through April’s Charleston Open, where the Russian defeated Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the first WTA final between teenagers since 2009.”I felt like there was growth right before my eyes. Every match had some different element that (Kasatkina) had to deal with (including) playing Daria Gavrilova her best friend. Sometimes she was aggressive, sometimes she realized it was more beneficial to go back to defence.”Though she believes it may be too early to pick either Kasatkina — ranked 27 and who has since turned 20 — or Ostapenko as major winners-in-waiting, Austin sees both as having “very high ceilings” in the sport.At the other end of the scale, she fully expected another established star, 30-year-old Maria Sharapova, to add to her five grand slam singles titles.”She is coming back, in my opinion, to win majors and I think Maria will. I think she will be successful very quickly,” Austin said.Back on the circuit after serving a 15-month ban for doping, the Russian’s first shot at adding to her five grand slam singles will not come until Wimbledon, however, after French Open organisers declined to grant her a wildcard.Austin said if 35-year-old Serena Williams decided to return to the sport after taking time off to have a child, it would be for one reason only.advertisement”If she chooses to, it’ll only be because she thinks she can win majors,” she said.
Team India and Pakistan players paid tribute to the victims of the London terror attacks that took place last night ahead of their Champions Trophy 2017 clash in Birmingham.Around seven people lost their lives and 48 have sustained injuries till now.India start their title defence against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston today and the two teams maintained a minute’s silence before the start of the match.The terror strikes took place last night when militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians at the London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revellers on the street and in nearby bars.The security in Birmingham was also tightened ahead of the India vs Pakistan clash following the twin terror attacks.The city was on red alert and the team hotel where India are staying was in a complete lock-down after the attacks. No visitors and no cars were allowed into the Hyatt Regency hotel in Birmingham.India Today’s Consulting Editor, Sports, Boria Majumdar was not allowed to go beyond the hotel confines.”Just went for a walk. Wasn’t allowed to go beyond the hotel confines to be truthful but appears a ghost town. Not one fan or supporter is here and isn’t even allowed to come. No flag nothing. There were still some people here (at 4 am BST). Now it’s just empty and deserted,” Boria said.Due to diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, the two teams rarely lock horns against each other barring an International Cricket Council (ICC) event, and the hotly fought battle has over the years drawn a wide range of audience.advertisementFor almost 18 years, wars stood in between the two outfits playing each other in a bilateral series until the ice was broken in 1978, but even today matches are few and far between.The two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-2013, and India have refused to juggle with the idea without an end to “cross border terrorism”, which essentially means militant incursions along the disputed Kashmir border.Not only will a victory for either side mean taking a huge step towards the semi-finals in a four-team group which also has Sri Lanka and South Africa, it will also be a diplomatic point-scoring in terms of the stand-off between the two parties.On the pitch, India would go into the tie as favourites, as former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has also said — not only because of their emphatic 45 and 240 -run wins in the two warm-up games, but because the opposition doesn’t smell the same anymore.(With inputs from agencies)
Soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday it was in “regular contact” with the organising committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, though it did not comment directly on the diplomatic situation involving the Gulf State.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and others severed ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.FIFA said in an emailed statement that it was “in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.””We have no further comments for the time being,” it added.Qatar’s local World Cup organising committee and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC,) which organises international matches in the region, both declined to comment.The influential German Football Association (DFB), whose team are the world champions, said it would discuss the matter with the German government.”We will discuss the new, complex political situation in the region and specifically in Qatar with the federal government,” DFB President Reinhard Grindel said in a statement.”In such matters we will of course be in very close contact with (European soccer’s governing body) UEFA.”There are still five years to go before the World Cup starts. During this time priority should be given to political solutions rather than threats of boycott,” added Grindel, who is also a FIFA Council member.”But one thing is clear. The football community worldwide should agree that … major tournaments should not be played in countries that actively support terror.”advertisementQatar’s national team are still involved in the qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and are bottom of their group with four points from seven games, with matches against South Korea, Syria, and China still to play.There is a very remote chance they could still finish third in the group and qualify for a playoff match against the team that finishes third in the other Asian qualifying group, with both Saudi Arabia and the UAE among potential opponents.The 2022 World Cup is the centrepiece of a carefully crafted strategy to project Qatar on to the global stage via sport. The diplomatic row could impact its preparations.In the lead-up to the tournament, the country is scheduled to host multiple events across many different sports, aimed at improving infrastructure and expertise.This year it is organising 72 events, 39 of which will be international competitions.It has already hosted the 10th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and an IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting, and a FINA Swimming World Cup is scheduled for September.Swimming governing body FINA did not respond to requests for a comment on Monday as to whether it would still go ahead.Top-level modern pentathlon, sailing, squash and show jumping are also scheduled for later in the year when temperatures cool.
Mumbai, Jun 8 (PTI) Arup Basak, the Indian coach of Maharashtra United, a team in next months inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis League, believes that the tournament will provide much-needed foreign exposure to the host countrys players. “Ultimate Table Tennis will bring top international players to India. The Indian players have been very impressive in the recently concluded World Championship. So now Indian players will get to explore more foreign talents and play against them. They will also get an opportunity to train under foreign coaches,” Basak told PTI in an interaction. The players draft for the UTT is scheduled tomorrow at the NSCI in Worli here and Basak says Maharashtra United are keen to get the “best possible” players on board. “We are discussing with the management and our international coach (Ferenc) Karsai. We have targeted some Indian and international players. But drafting can be challenging, so we are hoping to select best possible talent,” said Basak, a multiple former national mens singles champion. Asked how will his experience help in guiding the players, Basak said, “The players participating in the league know me very well and even I have seen all of them playing in the national and international tournaments, so we already understand each other. “This time the players will be trained under the combination of the national and international coach which will help them rigorously”. Tournaments like the Indian Premier League and Indian Super League have helped cricketers and footballers respectively in the country and asked whether the UTT will do the same to table tennis, Basak said, “I believe that UTT will prove to be one of the best platforms for the Indian players to show how good they are in the sport.”advertisement”UTT will also help in educating the audience about the sport. Viewers will know how exciting and thrilling a table tennis game can be,” said Basak.According to him, the foreign players will help the Indian players learn new techniques, analyse moves and discuss the same with their foreign coach.Maharashtra United have got Ferenc Karsai (Hungary) who has been the men?s national coach for three countries – Austria, Canada and Belgium – and Basak as the coaches.Meanwhile, Karsai said UTT will be a great boost for the sport and its talent.”India has immense potential and I believe that UTT will give the platform to them to showcase that. Besides the international talent will also get to see how good Indian players are,” the Hungarian remarked. PTI NRB SSR DK DK
Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain on Tuesday announced that the company has sold over 10 lakh units of the Redmi 4 phone in the country in 1 month since launch. The Redmi 4, in fact, beat the Redmi Note 4, that achieved the same sales figure in 45 days, Manu added.The Redmi 4 was launched in India in mid-May at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB memory version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB memory version. The Redmi 4 is also available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version for Rs 8,999.#Redmi4: 1+ Mn units within 1st month ? Thank you all for your love & support ??? RT if you love our Redmi phones. @RedmiIndia @XiaomiIndia pic.twitter.com/V2CXj00vLm- Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) June 27, 2017Much like the Redmi 3S before it, the Redmi 4 also brings in some hard-to-get hardware specs at some rock-bottom prices. You can say that the Redmi 3S is Xiaomi’s best-selling phone ever as the company has already claimed of selling over 40 lakh units of the Redmi 3S phone in the country in 9 months. The Redmi 4, it seems, is headed in the same direction.The Redmi 4 comes with an all-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, in fact, looks a lot like the Redmi Note 4, with smaller bezels. It comes with curved 2.5D glass on the front and is also available in matte black finish and gold colour options like the Redmi Note 4.It comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood. The Redmi 4 is smoother and more thermal efficient than Lenovo’s Moto G5, according to Xiaomi.advertisementThe Redmi 4 further sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review: Redmi 3S Prime HD remasterOn the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI. The phone will be eligible for Android Nougat preview out-of-the-box. Furthermore, the phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery. The phone supports 4G LTE and is also VoLTE-ready.The Redmi 4 comes at a time when Xiaomi is slowly and steadily ramping up its sales strategy in the country. In a bid to give its offline ambitions a boost, Xiaomi opened its first Mi Home store in India recently. Xiaomi’s first Mi Home store in India, which is located in Bengaluru, is a one stop shop for anything and everything that the Chinese company sells in India.The company, in addition, is also looking to open Mi Home stores in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai in the days to come. In fact, it plans to open as many as 100 Mi Homes in the country in the next two years.Since Manu hasn’t given any specifics, it seems, he is talking about all-inclusive sales figures, meaning all Redmi 4 units sold across the board including Amazon India, Mi.com/in and the Mi Home.
Humidity is a major contributing factor during the monsoon season and that can lead to frizzy hair for most. Arm yourself with a serum and hair masque to keep frizziness at bay, say experts.Hairstylists Laksh Singh and Aasif Ahmed have rolled out simple steps:To ensure hair is frizz-free and manageable, avoid straightening your hair often. Wash your hair from roots to tips with a good shampoo followed by a conditioner and apply a serum to moist hair, especially if your hair is frizzy. Use a hair masque which helps cutting frizz and gives your hair a good shine.If you sport a pixie or a bob cut, you will have nothing to complain about during the rainy season. But if you have anywhere from middle-length to long hair, you will dread monsoon. You can neither avoid humidity nor the frizz that tags along. If your hair is entangled in such woes, it is time to give your strands a stylish-yet-practical twist this season.Easy hairstyles like side braided pony tail, a top knot, sleek back low pony, fishtails, ponytails and plaited buns work well.Oil your hair with warm coconut oil followed by shampoo and conditioner. Hair masques help and a good quality serum ensures no frizz. Avoid putting too much spray as it aggravates the problem. Don’t keep oil overnight.A wide-tooth comb to de-tangle hair is recommended. Wash hair three times a week.Diet plays a very important role in hair-care, as it helps protect the hair and also strengthen hair follicles. Do not eat oily and spicy food.Avoid leaving long hair open, as it looks messy and frizzy. A regular hair trim is a must to keep the hair healthy during monsoon.Too much of experimentation with hair colour should be avoided.advertisement
Raipur, Aug 2 (PTI) The Centre has approved a grant of Rs 5.44 crore for synthetic turf hockey ground in Chhattisgarhs naxal-affected Jashpur district.The grant comes as Minister of State for Steel and Lok Sabha member from Raigarh Vishnu Deo Sai sought the Centres help for promoting hockey among local youths.Sai had recently written to Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel in this regard.Necessary approval has been granted for laying of synthetic hockey turf ground in Jashpur Nagar under Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh at an estimated cost of Rs 5.44 crore, according to an order by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. About Rs 1.41 crore has been released as first instalment for the purpose, it said. PTI AKV SMJ
A wise man once said, there are no shortcuts to success. Clearly, the man must have never crossed paths with a physical QWERTY-based BlackBerry. For if he did, he would have known, there’s a difference between working hard and working smart. BlackBerry and physical QWERTY keyboards were literally inseparable once upon a time. Every time you talked about a physical QWERTY keyboard-based phone — there were lots and lots of them, once upon a time — the discussion would invariably drift towards a BlackBerry.Ironically, both BlackBerry and physical QWERTY keyboard-based phones are literally down in the dumps today. And yet, BlackBerry is back, and it’s back with a physical QWERTY keyboard-based phone. The phone in question is called simply the KEYone and with it, BlackBerry — the company responsible for making the physical QWERTY keyboard make sense — is aspiring to make the physical QWERTY keyboard make sense, one more time, even as it aspires to make sense — as a hardware company that can still do phones, albeit a little differently — among fans, enthusiasts and critics.The BlackBerry KEYone comes with a full blown physical QWERTY keyboard, in addition to a full blown touchscreen. But more importantly, it comes with 52 custom shortcuts to get your job done.Design and build qualityThe KEYone looks (and feels) nothing like the iconic Curve or the Bold. It looks somewhat like the Passport maybe, but then again, it’s a lot more elongated and a lot more cramped both at the same time. It takes some visual cues from the forgettable chaos, called the Priv, but, other than the physical QWERTY keyboard that sits at the bottom of the screen, there’s no telling that this is a BlackBerry-made phone. A part of it is obviously because it isn’t a BlackBerry-made phone in the literal sense.advertisementFYI: It has been sometime that BlackBerry stopped manufacturing its own phones. It outsources the job to third-party manufacturers now. Optiemus Infracom, if you haven’t heard already, is the home-grown telecom enterprise, responsible for manufacturing BlackBerry phones in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. All in all, BlackBerry now relies on three licensees to make and sell its phones globally. The software that’s inside these phones is, however, in complete control of the Canadian major.The KEYone is an all-metal phone with curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the front. On the back, the KEYone sports a rugged material on top of metal. The BlackBerry logo graces the middle while a huge camera module with a dual-LED flash next to it, sits at the top. On the right, the phone comes with a convenience key that allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The volume rocker and a dual-SIM slot — the KEYone is notably the first BlackBerry phone in India to support dual-SIMs — also lie on the right. On the left lies the power button. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and speaker cut-outs on either side.The USP of the KEYone is its full-scale physical QWERTY. Unlike the Priv (BlackBerry’s last QWERTY phone) however, the KEYone features the physical keyboard in continuation with the touch screen. The QWERTY, just like it was in the Priv, supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press. The space bar, meanwhile, gets a new fingerprint scanner up-top that is claimed to unlock the phone in just 0.5 seconds. It is fast and very accurate: indeed a highlight of BlackBerry’s new phone. The phone also comes with touch-based navigation keys directly above the keyboard. The BlackBerry KEYone comes with a full blown physical QWERTY keyboard, in addition to a full blown touchscreen. But more importantly, it comes with 52 custom shortcuts to get your job done All in all, the KEYone isn’t out to win awards for its design (and durability), simply because it isn’t eyeing the commercial market, much like any other BlackBerry phone. It isn’t paper thin. It doesn’t have an edge-to-edge screen. It isn’t water-resistant either. Because its loyalties lie elsewhere, in the corporate boardrooms to be precise.It is smart and sophisticated in a very minimalistic sort of way, the kind that business-men (and women) would likely appreciate. They would appreciate it some more, once they hold it in their hands. It’s very utilitarian, and very re-assuring. You’d have no trouble using it (on the go) with one hand most of the time and if I were a businessman that would really mean the world to me.advertisementDisplayThe BlackBerry KEYone comes with a bright and vibrant 4.5-inch 1080p screen with an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio. Straight off the bat, the KEYone’s display — and unusual aspect ratio — is designed for web-scrolling, jotting down notes, sending out emails: you know, all the typical boardroom stuff. It isn’t designed for multimedia consumption. Everything from Netflix to YouTube to regular 1080p videos you’ve saved on your phone’s storage will appear letter-boxed. Games and apps work fine though.The 4.5-inch 1080p IPS display of the KEYone may not inspire the same level of confidence, on paper, as the high-end Priv but don’t let the numbers fool you. The KEYone has a fantastic display for its price. The phone has just the right amount of brightness and adaptive brightness works as it should. When coupled with the phone’s excellent viewing angles and non-reflective nature, the KEYone gives you a display that doesn’t leave you asking for more in bright and sunny environment.Colours are more neutral and less eye-popping (as opposed to the Priv), but at least, they are more accurate. There’s also a settings toggle to manually control colour temperature, so that’s nice. If only, the KEYone also had an in-built reading mode, it would have been the complete package.SoftwareThe USP of a BlackBerry has always been the software. But times, they are a changing. BB OS is gone, and moving on Android will be the de facto software that you’ll find in all BlackBerry-branded phones. The KEYone, as a result, ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and a near stock version at that. The extra apps (and features) that BlackBerry has incorporated in the phone are all directed towards enhancing the security and productivity of the device. I don’t see why anybody would mind that. Of these, the relevance of the former will depend on how you perceive your smartphone.Just like the Priv, the DTEK50 and the DTEK60, the KEYone is also being pitched as the most secure Android smartphone in the world. BlackBerry claims that the KEYone will receive security patches the same day that Google pushes them out.The phone has “device security built in from the start,” according to the company which, in all its fairness, sounds very reassuring. But chances are, many wouldn’t know (and understand) terms like hardware root of trust or secure bootloader, unless of course you’re a geek or a security professional. Also, the fact that the phone is literally encrypted to the T is hard to tell with a naked eye.But then, there are also a few security aspects that you can monitor and control. The phone comes with an app called DTEK by BlackBerry that shows your device security status in real time. It doesn’t exactly seem like the gold standard though, as most of the time, setting up a mere screen lock entails in a ‘fair’ rating for the smartphone. Personally, I am yet to see the rating for my review unit fall below alarming levels. Perhaps, I haven’t been living on the edge. But, that doesn’t mean, the DTEK app is any less useful. The most useful aspect of the app, without a doubt, has to be in the way it allows you to manually control app permissions. It gives you even the most miniscule information about an app and also lets you to directly allow or restrict certain permissions or to uninstall the app altogether, from within the app itself.advertisementThe KEYone, because its software is so heavily inclined towards productivity, also has the potential of becoming a true workhorse, especially, for the business-oriented. The phone comes with productivity tools like the BlackBerry Hub, pop-up widgets, a productivity tab and support for up to 52 keyboard shortcuts.The BlackBerry Hub is a unified inbox that integrates notifications from apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, et al, as well as from calendar events and phone calls. Moreover, the Hub also allows you to interact directly with these apps without having you to open them separately. Pop-up widgets, meanwhile, let you interact with certain specific app widgets directly from the home screen and without having you to open them separately. The productivity tab, on the other hand, gives you quick access to items by swiping from the right. BlackBerry may not be looking to play the nostalgia card, but, there’s no denying the fact that the KEYone is a very nostalgic phone Most importantly, BlackBerry has been able to well optimise the software with the hardware at hand so everything runs like a breeze on-board the KEYone. And the physical keyboard, once you get used to it, could be a force to reckon with. It’s not just because typing on an actual keyboard comes as second nature to us, but, because the physical keyboard on-board the KEYone is more than just about typing text. The fact that you can use it as a track-pad while you’re brisking through a web-page is something only the KEYone can offer at this point of time. The fact that you can literally program every key on it to do stuff quickly and conveniently is something only the KEYone can offer at this point of time. And since the time I’ve used Flick Typing, well, my life hasn’t been the same again.Performance and battery lifeThe BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The phone comes with 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot.A simple Google search will tell you that the Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. The Snapdragon 625, for your reference, consumes up to 35 per cent lower power than its predecessor (the Snapdragon 617), in typical usage scenarios, according to Qualcomm.In layman’s terms, you’re more likely to get (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating in phones powered by a chipset on the lines of the Snapdragon 625. In layman’s terms, a phone like the KEYone is more likely to give you a (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating than phones like the DTEK50 (Snapdragon 617).And it does.But while the DTEK50 was a phone that cost around Rs 20,000 the KEYone has been launched for Rs 40,000. That’s enough to turn off many buyers from buying it, and instead spend their money on more powerful flagships from the likes of Google, Samsung, Apple and LG. The KEYone just can’t beat them. But then BlackBerry isn’t looking to kill anybody with the KEYone. For BlackBerry, the KEYone is a niche phone for people — corporates — who would rather prefer reliability, thermal efficiency and long-lasting battery life than sheer raw power. The Snapdragon 625 fits just right for that select group. In fact, it’s been a legend as far as thermal efficiency and long-lasting battery life is concerned. When clubbed with the reliability of BlackBerry’s well optimised software, the KEYone, is without a doubt a force to reckon with for its intended audience. Just don’t expect the moon from it, and it should do just fine.Basic tasks are handled well. So is multitasking. It is only when you have multiple Chrome tabs and hard hitting apps all opened at once and you’re trying to juggle between them, that it shows signs of distress. Which is quite understandable. If you’re looking for more fire-power well it’s better you look elsewhere.The KEYone comes with a pair of stereo speakers that work surprisingly well, although, peak volume levels could have been a little higher. Phone calls made with the phone are of excellent quality and I did not witness any odd call drops issues, beyond the usual, on my review unit.The 3,505 mAh battery inside the KEYone is another USP of BlackBerry’s new phone. Mixed usage which included an hour of video playback, half an hour of GPU-intensive gaming, 45 minutes of basic games, phone calls (to the tune of one hour), some music streaming and YouTube playback along with some web browsing gave me close to 14 hours on the device. A more generalised usage should see most users sail through one to one and a half days effortlessly.Another highlight of BlackBerry’s new phone is Boost charging which can be considered as Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 on steroids. Every time you plug in a charger — any fast charger — you get two options: regular charge and boost charge. Charging the phone over boost mode automatically switches the phone into battery saving mode cutting off unnecessary apps so it charges all the more faster. If only the KEYone also had wireless charging.CameraThe KEYone comes with a 12-megapixel camera — with a Sony IMX378 sensor — on the rear with f/2.0 “Large Pixel” similar to the one on-board the Google Pixel. The rear camera can record 4K videos as well. It may not be as good as the Pixel, but, the KEYone is definitely the best camera phone that BlackBerry has ever made.Of course, Optical Image Stabilisation (even EIS for videos) would have been welcome additions, but, overall the KEYone seems a fairly capable camera phone on paper. It is a fairly capable camera phone in real world usage as well, at least, for the most part.In good light and when shooting still objects — and also while doing macros or close-up shots — the KEYone works well with occasional bouts of overexposure, but overall it paints a pretty picture. Photos shot in tricky light come out quite decent as well. Low light photos have noise. This is the only area where rival flagship phones take the better of it, and leave you asking for more. XPreviousNextOn the front, the KEYone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture. The front camera is capable of shooting good selfies in good light with plenty of detail and mostly accurate colours. Should you buy it?Just like the Priv, the DTEK50 and the DTEK60, the KEYone has its software in place. It comes with decent hardware as well, and the physical QWERTY is a useful addition, the usefulness of which would depend on the end-user. Then, there’s the nostalgia. “I think that the whole nostalgia thing is very interesting. I only put a small amount of importance to that. I think people remember BlackBerry and they like the memory. I think that a lot of people like the physical keyboard. But I think as new people also get to understand the value of the physical keyboard: how fast you can be on it, and how accurate, I think you will start seeing this move way past just old BlackBerry users,” a BlackBerry spokesperson said to me not long ago. BlackBerry may not be looking to play the nostalgia card, but, there’s no denying the fact that the KEYone is a very nostalgic phone. Because it was under development during the time when BlackBerry was still alive and kicking in the hardware space, chances are that it might just be the last of its kind. Chances are there might not be another old-school BlackBerry with a physical QWERTY ever. Even if there is, it’s highly unlikely that it would recreate the same magic and the same nostalgia. The KEYone barely does that after all.The KEYone is still first and foremost an enterprise-only phone and the keyboard just adds a third dimension to the whole thing. BlackBerry is even pitching it that way, and the fact that it lives up to its reputation — of offering classic BlackBerry reliability and productivity — should attract consumers at the end of the day. For everybody else, there are definitely better options at around Rs 40,000 that offer more value for money. Not to mention, more power and better cameras. As for the KEYone — that is priced at Rs 39,990 — well, it will still largely be a collector’s edition device — for a larger chunk of the audience — that you would want to buy if you have not crossed paths with yesteryear classics like the Bold and the Curve.Also Read: BlackBerry KEYone quick review: A blast from the past KEYone review7.5/10Good stuffErgonomic designPhysical QWERTYGood battery lifeBad stuff3:2 screen aspect ratioCameras could be betterNot powerful enough
(Eds: Adding additional quotes and fresh inputs) Chennai, Aug 16 (PTI) Two new teams — Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Guwahati Eastern Warriors, will be part of the third Premier Badminton League (PBL) scheduled to be held from December 22 to January 14 next year. The league, which is organised annually by Badminton Association of India (BAI) in association with Sportzlive, will be an eight-team affair from the upcoming season. The Ahmedabad team is owned by Padmanabh Sports Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of Padmanabh Industries Ltd. The upcoming season will be played in four cities in a rolling format with the final being hosted by Chennai. “As I welcome Ahmedabad and Guwahati on board PBL Season 3, it is a great thing for the league and the sport in the country,” said BAI President Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma. “I would like to thank the new owners and welcome them into the BAI family. I would also like to congratulate SportzLive and believe that together we can take to badminton to unprecedented heights.” The third edition of PBL will also see the 11-point format make way for 15 point format and there will be single match a day to drive more footfalls at the stadium and viewership on TV. “This Season we have two additional teams and a longer window and we are confident that Badminton fans in Chennai will be up for an exciting time. We will also be hosting the Final in Chennai and are confident that the way the sport has seen response PBL Season 3 will only grow bigger and better,” said Atul Pande, Executive Director of SportzLive. The winning team would be richer by Rs three crore and the runner-up would receive Rs 1.5 crore. The league, which offers a prize purse of Rs 6 Crore was a six team competition last year with Delhi Acers (Delhi), Mumbai Rockets (Mumbai), Awadhe Warriors (Lucknow), Hyderabad Hunters (Hyderabad), Chennai Smashers (Chennai) and Bengaluru Blasters (Bengaluru) vying for the top honours. Chennai led by Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu clinched the title in the second season in January. Former All-England champion and noted coach P Gopichand, who is a member of PBLs governing council, said it was good to see strong players emerge from India. “I am excited to see the game grow in the country. The number of entries in various tournaments has surged, which is an indication of its popularity,” he said. He also said the Indians would do well in the forthcoming World Championships in London. “Previously we have managed to win one medal at best. This is probably the strongest squad. The men have been doing well in recent times and the four Indian players in the fray are good and capable of beating the best. Nobody is a clear favourite these days and we can expect a strong performance from our players,” he said. On the men shuttlers doing well in the world level tournaments, he said, “In general, a player maturing is a 10- year process. It was good that Saina (Nehwal) came up first, then P V Sindhu came long. It takes time for players to mature and 23-24 is considered the golden age. “It is good all of them are in the age. It is good to see that they are winning. That has made the men players known faces too (referring to the likes of K Srikanth, H Prannoy and the others winning titles).” Chennai team owner Vijay Prabhakaran, son of actor- politician Vijayakanth, said he was hopeful of the city hosting the PBL matches this time around. “It is our wish to see that Chennai hosts PBL games this time. We want the fans to see our players in action and cheer for them,” he said. Organisers said the city would get to play host to the semifinals and final this time. “We are hopeful that all the necessary clearances will come. The plan is have the matches in Chennai during Pongal festival (from January 12 to 14, 2018),” they said. PTI SS ATK KHS PDS PDSadvertisement
India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Wednesday said that new coach Ravi Shastri has always had a “positive” mindset when he was the team director and that he was looking forward to working with him again on the Sri Lanka tour.Shastri took over as India coach from Anil Kumble, making this his third stint with the national team.The 55-year old former India captain was earlier the manager during 2007 tour of Bangladesh and then team director from 2014 August to 2016 June during which India won an overseas Test series versus Sri Lanka, reached the semi-finals of 2015 World Cup and World T20 semi-finals in 2016.”He is a very positive coach. When he was team director, he always used to tell us to back our strengths and not be defensive,” Saha, an integral part of the Test team, told IANS moments before leaving for Lankan shores.Asked if the change of hands will bother him when he enters the dressing room, Saha said: “Whether it’s Ravi bhai or Anil bhai, both will want the team to do well. We also want that as players. Now every coach has it own way of giving inputs. That is to be seen.”Our job is to perform on the field. I don’t think changing of coaches will make much of a difference,” the 32-year old stumper said.Saha had a long break after the Indian Premier League (IPL) as India took part in the ICC Champions Trophy where they lost to Pakistan in the final and then toured the West Indies for five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and one T20.advertisement”I was playing the local league here (for Mohun Bagan) and have had practice. Yes rain did eat up much of the time but it’s not that if I had those extra sessions I would have done something out of the ordinary in Sri Lanka.”We will be playing practice matches there as well and that will be crucial before the first Test,” Saha said.Virat Kohli’s men last donned the white flannels in March against Australia in a bitterly-contested four match Test rubber. India came from behind after losing the first Test by 333 runs to script a 2-1 verdict.”We are playing Tests after a while. We would want to continue the way we played the last time. I don’t think the break is a problem. A tour is always a platform to rise to the occasion as a team and as individuals. We have done well in Tests recently and going by current form we should do well in Sri Lanka,” Saha signed off.India play Sri Lanka in three Tests, five ODIs and one T20 between July 26-September 6. The first Test is at the Galle International Stadium.
He may not be turning out for India in the one day internationals at this point in time, but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is only too keen to better his craft in the hope of snaring 618 Test wicketsThe Gulf News quoted Ashwin, as saying, “I am a big fan of Anil Kumble and he has got 619 wickets. If I get to 618 wickets, I will be very thankful too and, and if I get to 618, that will be my last Test match.”He also had a few good words to say about Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.”Rangana Herath is one of my role models. I think he is a fabulous bowler. He just overcomes limitations every single day. Age does wear the body out over a period of time. As far as Herath is concerned, he just keeps proving that he is a champion cricketer and he can use pressure to his good advantage. That is exactly what he did on the final day of the first Test(against Pakistan).” Ashwin added.Ashwin has so far taken 292 Test scalps at an average of 25.26 and with a strike rate of 52.4. He has also bagged 150 one-day wickets at 32.91.As far as his non-selection fro India in the one-day internationals was concerned, Ashwin said, “I don’t have an answer to that because resting [a player] and making decisions are definitely not something that I can comment on.”He said that selection matters he was not the person in charge or the one responsible for that decision.advertisementHe said that every day is about being better than what you have been previously.”I am definitely focused on developing every single day and becoming a better cricketer because that is the only thing that will last. Tomorrow, if I am given an opportunity, I should be the best I can be and probably even the better than the best that I can be,” he said.
Manchester United are almost certain to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League after they beat Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to make it a perfect four wins in Group A.An own goal by Benfica’s 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar on the stroke of halftime and a Daley Blind penalty in the 78th minute were enough for United, who struggled at times to find their fluency.Jose Mourinho’s team now need just a point from their final two games in the group, against Basel and CSKA Moscow, to make absolutely certain of their place in the knockout stage for the first time in four years.The result moved them six points clear at the top of the group, yet United, who qualified by winning the Europa League last season, were well below their best, labouring in midfield and sloppy at times at the back.After the visitors started brightly, United could have taken the lead in the 14th minute when Anthony Martial went down under a challenge from Douglas but the Frenchman’s soft spot kick was saved by Svilar.At the other end, David De Gea, was forced into the first of a series of saves – superbly reaching a powerful drive from Diogo Goncalves.Romelu Lukaku then had two chances for United with Svilar pushing his low, left-foot shot wide in the 30th minute, before the Belgian headed over from a Martial cross.When the goal came, just before halftime, it had a strong element of good fortune to it.advertisementSvilar, the youngest keeper in Champions League history whose error had gifted United a 1-0 win when the teams met two weeks ago in Lisbon, could do nothing as a Nemanja Matic shot struck the post and bounced into the goal off his back.Benfica had several good chances to draw level but United keeper De Gea was his usual reliable self.The one time the Spaniard was beaten, Mexican forward Raul Jimenez’s shot struck the outside of the post after he had intercepted a loose pass from Eric Bailly to Chris Smalling.The introduction of Marcus Rashford for Martial injected some life into United’s attack and it was the 19-year-old who created the second goal.The winger burst into the area, skipping by two defenders before he was brought down by Andreas Samaris.Lukaku looked set to take the kick, but after an apparent intervention from Mourinho, it was Blind who converted.The result leaves United top of Group A on 12 points while CSKA Moscow and Basel each have six points with Benfica still without a point.CSKA won 2-1 at Basel in Tuesday’s other game in the group.
Mohammed Siraj has been handed his maiden international cap by coach Ravi Shastri in the second T20I against New Zealand at Rajkot. The right-arm pacer replaced Ashish Nehra in the team, who retired from all forms of cricket on Wednesday.He is now the second player to debut in this series after Shreyas Iyer, who was handed a debut in the first T20I at Delhi. Siraj bursted onto the scene when the Sunrisers bought him at the auction earlier this year for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore. This came after his brilliant performance in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season, where he took more than 41 wickets from nine games. He was handed a match after Nehra was ruled out and since then he hasn’t looked back.Talking about Siraj, Virat Kohli said that Nehra is no longer there and this allows India to hand a debut to an exciting new talent in Siraj.”Mohammed Siraj makes his debut in place of Ashish Nehra. He is an upcoming talent in the IPL and is an exciting prospect,” said Kohli.Siraj had a brilliant IPL season thanks to his skiddy nature and pace, troubling the batsmen throughout. He picked up 10 wickets from six games and impressed everyone.The 23-year-old was earlier called up for the India A squad and performed decently under coach Rahul Dravid as well. He has 26 wickets from 16 T20s so far.Earlier, talking about his maiden call-up to the national team, he said he is excited but didn’t expect the call-up to come so soon.advertisement”I knew that some time in future I will get a call-up but did not expect it this soon. I can’t tell you how happy I am.”When I told my parents, they were speechless. It’s a dream come true,” said ecstatic SirajSiraj, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver, was a proud man after getting his first national team call-up and remembered telling his father to rest as he will take care of the family from now on.”I feel proud that at 23, I am good enough to shoulder the responsibility of my family. The day I got an IPL contract, I told my father that I won’t let him work anymore.”Usi din se maine father ko bola ki aap abhi rest kaaro (that very day I told Dad that now you can rest). And yes, I have shifted with my family to a new house,” Siraj told PTI.The right-arm pacer so far has 20 wickets from 13 List-A games, with 3/24 being his best.The moment is finally here and he will hope that he can kick on from here and be a permanent member of the squad along with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has in the past bamboozled batsmen with his leg-spin bowling and now the former captained has unleashed a new weapon from his armoury — seam up delivery.After beating Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series 1-0, Indian players were seen sweating it out at the practice session in Dharamsala on Saturday. The first ODI of the three-match series will be played at the HPCA stadium on Sunday.Dhoni, who is in top form with the bat at the moment, joined the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah at the nets and rolled over his arms for some swing bowling.Is there anything that @msdhoni cannot do? You have seen him bowl leg spin now it is time for seam up. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/8WLuKnyyE5- BCCI (@BCCI) December 9, 2017Packed with an incisive bowling attack, a confident India would look to pile on the misery for struggling Sri Lanka as the hosts aim for another clean sweep. India had earlier this year swept aside Sri Lanka 5-0 in their own backyard.Having won five straight bilateral series this year apart from reaching Champions Trophy final , a 3-0 win will put India on top of ICC ODI rankings, overtaking South Africa.Even without their inspirational skipper, a batting line-up comprising stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav could prove to be a handful for any opposition.While the opening slot seems locked with Rohit and Dhawan at the top, Rahane is likely to get a chance at the number three position with captain Virat Kohli given a much-needed rest.advertisement