World Cup 2019: Pakistan batsman Babar Azam learns by watching Virat Kohli bat

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan batsman Babar Azam learns by watching Virat Kohli batIndia take on Pakistan in a much-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash on Sunday at Old Trafford in Manchester. Babar Azam is Pakistan’s key player for this match against India.advertisement Press Trust of India ManchesterJune 14, 2019UPDATED: June 14, 2019 23:50 IST Babaz Azam is Pakistan’s most consistent batsmen in ODIs. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia face arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on June 16Babar, who scored a brilliant 63 in Pakistan’s victory over England, is a key player for PakistanHaving played six matches, India has never lost to Pakistan in World CupPakistan batsman Babar Azam models himself on Virat Kohli and is preparing for Sunday’s high-voltage World Cup clash between the arch-rivals by watching videos of the Indian captain.Babar, who scored a brilliant 63 in Pakistan’s victory over England, is a key player for Pakistan as his side seeks its maiden World Cup win over India.”I watch his batting and the way he bats in various conditions and try to learn from them,” Babar told reporters on Friday.”His (Kohli’s) winning ratio is higher (for India) so I am trying to achieve that as well,” the 24 year-old right-handed batsman said.Babar said his side would take inspiration from their Champions Trophy final victory over India two years ago.”The Champions Trophy win gave us confidence and will also help here as well because the team is mostly the same and that win is always an inspiration,” he said.Pakistan suffered a 124-run defeat against India in the opening match of the Champions Trophy but hit back by crushing their arch-rivals in the final. Their 180-run win at the Oval is the biggest over India in all ODIs.”That win can never go off our memories and it’s a big inspiration. We are well prepared for this match because India and Pakistan matches are exciting and demanding and the whole world watches it,” Babar said.”The whole team is positive so we are looking forward to the match. Not only me but all the players want to finish on a high, whoever hits form wants to win it.”advertisementAsked about India’s lethal attack led by world number one ODI bowler Jasprit Bumeah, he said, “No doubt, India have a good bowling attack but we have played well against England who also have a very good pace attack so all of us are confident the Indian pace attack will be properly handled.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka make official complaint to ICC about ‘unfair’ pitchesAlso Read | Mohammad Yousuf slams PCB for allowing families to stay with players ahead of India clashAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Babar AzamFollow Virat Kohli Nextlast_img read more

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Recent wave of attacks in northeast Nigeria unprecedented – UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is alarmed at the recent wave of attacks on civilians in north-east Nigeria which has led to population displacement both inside the country and into neighbouring States.“The brutality and frequency of these attacks is unprecedented,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. “The past two months have seen multiple kidnappings and deaths, creating population displacement both inside Nigeria and into neighbouring countries,” he added. Mr. Edwards said that refugees and internally displaced people alike are reporting acts of extreme violence, and show clear signs of distress and fear. Some have witnessed friends or family members being randomly singled out and killed in the streets.“People speak of homes and fields being burned to the ground, with villages completely razed, or grenades being launched into crowded markets killing people and livestock,” he stated. “There is mention of people being caught in fighting between insurgents and the armed forces, arbitrary arrests under the suspicion of belonging to insurgent groups, and other serious alleged crimes including, reportedly, summary executions.”Terrorized students who had survived attacks on their schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states have told UNHCR how they saw friends being killed or kidnapped. The abduction of over 200 girls from a school in Chibok in Borno state last month is just one in a series of similar kidnappings from schools in north-east Nigeria in recent months.Mr. Edwards noted that next week will mark the first anniversary of the Nigerian Government’s declaration of a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. In all, 250,000 people are now internally displaced, according to the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). In addition, some 61,000 others have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Most are Niger nationals who were living in Nigeria, but 22,000 are Nigerians who have been made refugees by the crisis. read more

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Fines for brothers Karabatic and five more players for bettingscandal

Three days after leading France to a sixth world handball championship team captain Nikola Karabatic, his brother Luka, but also few other Montpellier’s players from 2012, were given two-month suspended sentences for their key role in a betting scandal.Bets totalling 100,000 euros were placed that Montpellier would be losing at half-time of a match played May 12, 2012, against Cesson Rennes, a substantial part of the sum being placed by Luka’s girlfriend Jennifer Priez.Most of the 16 people involved in the nefarious scheme were handed fines of around 10,000 euros at the first sentencing in 2015 and Wednesday’s proceeding was an appeal by Nikola.While Luka and Priez had admitted gambling, elder brother Nikola denied all charges.Mladen BOJINOVIC : 20.000€, 4 months suspended sentenceDragan GAJIC : 20.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceLuka KARABATIC : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceNikola KARABATIC : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceSamuel HONRUBIA : 15.000€, 2 months suspended sentencePrimoz PROST : 10.000€, 2 months suspended sentenceIssam TEJ : 20.000€, 2 months suspended sentence ← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes leads Hungary until Tokyo 2020! Next Story → CLOSED-CYCLE: Hendrik Pekeler to THW Kiel in summer 2018! read more

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