GFF/NAMILCO Under-17 League resumes this week at different venues

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power Under-17 League will resume this week with matches at different venues in Berbice and East Coast.Todayu, three matches will be played in Berbice as Rosignol United are down to face New Amsterdam United from 15:00hrs at the Rosignol ground. Simultaneously, Cougars will oppose Lichfield Nuggets at Burnham Park, New Amsterdam, Berbice.From 16:00hrs, Mahaicony Thunder Hawks tackle Monedderlust at the Mahaicony Community Centre ground.Cougars’ Shane Hamilton is the current leading goalscorer for the Berbice Football Association with nine goals to his name and he is followed by Nial Roberts of Paradise Invaders with five.Alex Pautaib (Corriverton Links), Troy Munroe (New Amsterdam United), Shafeel Deharte (Paradise Invaders) and Lamar Reid (Cougars) are sharing the third spot with two goals each.Meanwhile, the East Demerara Football Association (EDFA) has scheduled four matches for this weekend with two each on Saturday and Sunday.On Saturday, Buxton Youth Developers will challenge Golden Grove from 09:00hrs at the Melanie ground, while from 11:00hrs, Bachelor’s Adventure/Paradise will face Buxton United at the same venue.On Sunday, Plaisance face Ann’s Grove from 09:00hrs and BV/Triumph oppose Victoria Kings from 11:00hrs at the Melanie ground also.last_img read more


England strike after Vijay, Pujara hit tons

first_imgENGLAND 1st innings 537 (B. Stokes 128, J. Root 124, M. Ali 117)INDIA 1st innings (Overnight: 63-4)M. Vijay c Hameed b Rashid 126G. Gambhir lbw b Broad 29C. Pujara c Cook b Stokes 124V. Kohli not out 26A. Mishra c Hameed b Ansari 0Extras: (b-12, lb-1, w-1) 14Total: (for 4 wickets, 108.3 overs) 319Fall of wickets: 1-68 G. Gambhir,2-277 C. Pujara,3-318 M. Vijay,4-319 A. MishraTo bat: R. Ashwin, W. Saha, R. Jadeja, M. Shami, U. Yadav, A. RahaneBowling: S. Broad 20 – 7 – 54 – 1, C. Woakes 23 – 5 – 39 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 22 – 6 – 70 – 0, Z. Ansari 17.3 – 1 – 57 – 1,A. Rashid 16 – 1 – 47 – 1, B. Stokes 10 – 1 – 39 – 1. By Sudipto Ganguly | RAJKOT, India(Reuters)-Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara hit centuries and shared a stand of 209 to lead India to 319-4 in their first innings on the third day of the opening Test yesterday, trailing England by 218 runs.Local boy Pujara struck his ninth Test hundred before he was out for 124 while Vijay fell in the penultimate over of the day for 126 after his seventh century.India captain Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 26 after nightwatchman Amit Mishra fell without scoring in the last over bowled by left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari.It was a tough day for England’s attack. They toiled through a wicketless second session but picked up three after tea.The touring side, who posted a huge 537 in the first innings of the five-match series, made an early breakthrough after India had resumed on 63-0 when paceman Stuart Broad trapped Gautam Gambhir leg before with his first delivery of the morning.The left-hander missed a straight delivery from Broad, who is playing in his 100th Test, and was out for 29.Pujara joined Vijay at the crease and soon found his rhythm with some crisply driven boundaries.The 28-year-old Pujara, considered a specialist Test batsman, thrived against England’s spin bowlers but needed all of his defensive guile to negotiate a hostile spell from Chris Woakes when the fast bowler hit him three times on the helmet.Pujara scampered for a single off Woakes to get to three figures and the sparse crowd applauded.He was finally dismissed when he guided Ben Stokes to England captain Alastair Cook at slip.Vijay, who hit nine fours and four sixes, reached his century with two boundaries off Broad and put on 41 with Kohli for the third wicket.Broad should have had Vijay’s wicket when the batsman was dropped on 66 by 19-year-old debutant Haseeb Hameed as he dived to his left in the covers.Pujara was given out leg before off Ansari on 86 but overturned the umpire’s verdict through the Decision Review System (DRS) that is making its debut in a bilateral series in India. Reviews showed the ball was going over the stumps.Leg-spinner Adil Rashid got Vijay’s wicket when he was caught at short leg by Hameed.last_img read more


Webster welcomes Adams appointment as new Director of cricket

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Sports psychologist Dr Rudi Webster has welcomed the appointment of former West Indies cricketer Jimmy Adams as the region’s new Director of Cricket.Adams, who represented West Indies as player and captain during his career, replaces Englishman Richard Pybus who did not seek to renew his contract.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has yet to officially announce the appointment but media reports in the region also say former Australian cricketer Stuart Law has been appointed to fill the position left vacant by Phil Simmons who was fired in September.Speaking on the regional television programme Big Bang Sports, Webster, who has worked with the West Indies cricket team, blasted Pybus as a “total disaster” and applauded the appointment of Adams as one that would “make a difference”.“Well, I am extremely pleased that Pybus is no longer with us. He was a total disaster and he has done more harm to West Indies cricket and there is only one other person who has done more harm to the game and that is (Dave) Cameron, the current president,” Dr Webster told Big Bang Sports.“I am really happy that Jimmy Adams will take over the post of Director of Cricket. I think he should make a difference.“Stuart Law has been around for a while, I do not know too much about him but what I hear from the grape vine is that he is not a bad coach. So I think that is the first step in the right direction.”The decision to fill the two positions were reportedly taken at the weekend at the WICB’s final quarterly meeting which took place in St Maarten.Dr Webster, meantime, has repeated calls for Cameron to step down as WICB president.The embattled Jamaican sports administrator has come in for widespread criticism for his role in ongoing conflicts between the WICB and regional cricketers.Dr Webster has blasted Cameron as the “worst president” and says the effect of Adams and Law on regional cricket will be limited if Cameron refuses to step down.“But it is not enough. I think that the president of the West Indies Cricket board must go and they must be structural reform of the board if we are to progress.“Dave Cameron is by far the worst president that I have ever seen in those 50 years. It is not even a close call,” said Webster, whose 50-year involvement in sports also includes basketball, soccer, motor racing, golf and Australian football.“The point I am making is that it does not matter if Adams comes in or Stuart Law comes in, if there is not a change in the attitude of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at the very top and a change in the attitude of the directors who control and manage the game, I think that the input from these two gentlemen will be very, very limited.”last_img read more


Haiti to host Nicaragua in CONCACAF Gold Cup play-off first leg

first_imgHAITI will host Nicaragua in the first leg of the CONCACAF Gold Cup play-off following the results of the draw held at CONCACAF headquarters in Miami, Florida.The Grenadiers who booked a spot in the play-off after claiming the Caribbean Cup fifth spot, will kick things off on March 24, before moving to Nicaragua for the second leg of the competition.The series will determine the 12th and last Gold Cup berth, which kicks off on July 7 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The 11 qualified teams are: Canada, Mexico and the United States, Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica and Martinique, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama.The Haitians could be confident of their chances to progress based on recent form and record over the Central Americans.Ahead of the qualifying match, Haiti and Nicaragua clashed four times. Three of the matches were friendly matches. It is the Grenadiers who lead the way with two victories. The first of those came on February 28, 1950, in Guatemala City, where Haiti won 4-2. The second and last victory of the Haitian team against Nicaragua came in March 18, 1967, in Tegucigalpa, at the CONCACAF Championship.On that occasion Haiti won the encounter 2-1. The most recent matches between the countries came in 2004. The first of those encounters took place in January at the John Leonard Stadium in West Palm Beach, Florida (USA), and it ended in a 1-1 draw. About a month later, at Estadio Independencia, Esteli in Nicaragua there was still no winner with the game ending in an identical scoreline.The Grenadiers, 69th in the FIFA rankings, have won four of the last five games played, including a 5-2 win over Guyana, Jamaica 2-0, St Kitts & Nevis 2-0, Suriname 4-2 and Trinidad 4-3. Nicaragua have won one of their last five games.last_img read more


Cricket News Speaking to Rahul Dravid eased my nerves, says Hanuma Vihari

first_imgLondon: A bundle of nerves ahead of his Test debut, Hanuma Vihari said a phone call to Rahul Dravid put his mind at ease and helped him get the maiden fifty that rescued India from a difficult situation against England. Vihari scored 56 and put on a vital 77-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (86 not out) to help India post 292 in their first innings Sunday. England finished the day with a lead of 154 runs. The home team has an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.ALSO READ: BCCI Payments: Ravi Shastri bags Rs. 2.05 crore as advance payment“I called him the day before I made my debut. He spoke to me for a couple of minutes and I thought it eased my nerves a little bit. He is a legend of the game; and his inputs especially in the batting department (helped me),” Vihari said Sunday of the influence of the former captain, who is currently the India A coach.“He just told me that ‘you have the skill set; you have the mind set and the temperament, just go out there and enjoy yourself’…I would like to give him a lot of credit because my journey with India A was very important for me to come here, his inputs made me a better player.”Vihari said that he was nervous while facing James Anderson and Stuart Broad in his maiden innings.ALSO READ: US Open: Novak Djokovic wins 14th Grand Slam, defeats del Potro“Initially I felt the pressure to be honest…But once I got myself in, it eased my nerves and it was an important partnership between Jadeja and me,” he said.“They are world-class bowlers. They have 990-odd wickets between them. Going out to bat, I just wanted to be positive in my intent. Especially when Virat is there, you just have to be there with him, rotate the strike and try to build a partnership.Vihari also credited skipper Virat Kohli for guiding him in his Test debut.“…having Virat at the other made my job a little easier I guess. His inputs helped me initially. He gave me some cues so that I could play it comfortably,” he said.“I will give a lot of credit to him for helping me out initially. But once I settled down, the wicket was very good to bat on especially with the medium pacers it got a lot slower yesterday,” he added.After passing the Anderson-Broad examination, Ben Stokes launched a verbal volley at Vihari after he hit the bowler for a six. The debutant said he tried to ignore it and Kohli’s intervention helped.“Just tried to focus on my own game. He (Kohli) also had a go at him and that’s how the game is played nowadays; that’s how Indian cricket is now. But my aggression is something, which I want to do with the bat,” Vihari said.“Obviously if its gets personal then I might say something back. But as long as it’s healthy then everyone likes to have some banter in the cricket field,” he said.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: India’s probable lineup against PakistanVihari said that he found out about his selection in the team a day before the final Test.“Obviously, I was very thrilled. Because that was my dream, growing up playing cricket. I first informed my family about it and they were very happy as well. “It’s just the start. I know I have to do a lot of things to cement my place in the Indian team, which I definitely want to do. Getting a 50 on debut is just the start. Going forward, scoring a lot of runs for India is my main goal.”The 24-year-old, who has played in the IPL for two seasons in 2013 and 2015 but didn’t find a team since, said he would like to be a part of the league if opportunity arises in the future.“Not playing IPL is definitely not an option for me. If I get picked in the IPL, I will definitely play. But my only route coming into the Indian team is grinding through the domestic circuit. I have to score big runs to be recognized,” he said.Read More | Fame doesn’t change you, it changes people around you, says Lady GagaVihari said his stint with Andhra Pradesh in domestic cricket prepared him for tough situations.“Also, I’m coming from Andhra. People don’t recognize those states as much as the other states. So in domestic cricket I try to get big scores, when you play for a smaller state, if you are the main batsman you have to take a lot of responsibility,” he said. “You face a lot of tough situations. So if you look at this match—I had a lot of experience (playing in this sort of situation). When I played for India-A too, I faced a lot of tough situations. I got used to those situations and I could handle them comfortably today,” Vihari signed off.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Indian Premier League Jasprit Bumrah suffers shoulder injury in Mumbai Indians’ loss to Delhi Capitals

first_imgJasprit Bumrah suffered a shoulder injury in the final over of Delhi Capitals’ innings.Mumbai Indians suffered a 37-run loss to Delhi Capitals.Yuvraj Singh scored a fifty but Rishabh Pant’s 78 off 27 balls was the clincher. highlights The loss for Mumbai Indians was not on everyone’s mind. Bumrah’s injury dominated headlines and there was no update for close to a couple of hours. However, Mumbai Indians released a statement saying that the pacer will be assessed on Monday and a decision will be taken following the assessment. However, there was another statement by Mumbai Indians which will gladden the hearts of the fans in which they stated that Bumrah was ‘recovering well’ from the injury. Bumrah has been India’s gun bowler for the past couple of seasons for the Indian cricket team. In 2017, he took 39 wickets in ODIs and in 2018, he took 22 wickets at an outstanding average of 16. In the 2018 season, he played a vital part in India securing wins in South Africa and England but his 20 wickets in Australia, including nine in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne helped India win a Test series Down Under for the first time. With Bumrah’s injury, the calls to rest him for the remainder of the Indian Premier League will grow louder. With the World Cup less than two months away, the Indian cricket team management will have to make a big call on their key resource in India’s bowling.  New Delhi: Rishabh Pant was tearing apart the Mumbai Indians bowlers at the Wankhede stadium. Delhi Capitals were on course for a big total. Pant was even taking apart Jasprit Bumrah, considered the best bowler in limited-overs format. His 78 off 27 balls helped Delhi Capitals score 100 runs in the last six overs. However, in the last ball of the 20th over of the Delhi Capitals, an incident occurred which worried millions of Indian fans and put the Indian cricket team potentially bound for the World Cup on tenterhooks. Pant dug out a yorker to the left of Bumrah and the bowler dived to stop it. However, he injured his left shoulder and was writhing in pain on the ground. The Mumbai Indians physio, Nitin Patel, came out and attended to Bumrah as the bowler gingerly walked back to the dressing room. In the entire Mumbai Indians innings, he did not attempt to move his shoulder and he did not come out to bat when Mitchell McClenaghan was stumped by Pant off legspinner Rahul Tewatia. Mumbai Indians lost by 37 runs to start their tournament on a wrong note.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Indian Premier League IPL 2019 RR vs RCB: When and where to watch live action

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru, the only two teams yet to win a game in the 2019 IPL, will be desperate to outdo each other in a clash of strugglers at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Tuesday. Both teams have been more than disappointing thus far in the IPL and need a win to revive their respective campaigns. Royals have failed to tighten the screws when it mattered most. In the all three matches, they were in a good position but could not grab the moments, losing to Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings respectively. Royals, who boast of star players such as Steve Smith and Ben Stokes, have failed to live up to the expectations. In the first match against Kings XI Punjab, Royals’ bowlers allowed the visitors to some vital runs in death overs and later the batsmen disappointed after being put on victory course by Rahane and Jos Buttler. The same story has as batting and bowling units have failed to perform in tandem.When and where to watch IPL 2019 RR vs RCB match? The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 will be broadcast live on Star Sports in eight languages, including Hindi and English. The RR vs RCB match will also be live streamed at Hotstar. The match will start at 8 pm on Monday at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan.Complete squad:Rajasthan Royals (From): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Stuart Binny, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan MidhunRoyal Challengers Bangalore (From): Parthiv Patel(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tim Southee, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya last_img read more


Tennis News Roger Federer enters last 16 of Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams also makes progress

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Roger Federer registered his 350th win in a Grand Slam.Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal also entered the round of 16.Federer is bidding for his ninth Wimbledon title.center_img London: Eight-time Wimbledon singles champion Roger Federer posted yet more landmarks as all the main contenders encountered few problems in reaching the last 16. Federer registered a record 350th win in Grand Slam matches in his 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7/4) victory over Lucas Pouille of France on Saturday and in the process reached the fourth round for an unprecedented 17th time. “It’s a nice number to achieve. I’ve enjoyed my time at the Slams,” said Federer, who next plays Matteo Berrettini of Italy, of his Grand Slam record. “It’s been nice winning that much.”     Earlier, his great rival and two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal had a much more enjoyable experience than his previous match as he eased into the last 16 with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 romp over French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The ease with which Nadal made the fourth round for the ninth time was replicated on the women’s side by Ashleigh Barty, who will be breaking new ground in appearing in the last 16 for the first time. Seven-time women’s champion Serena Williams is also into the second week for the 16th time.     Nadal, who embraced Tsonga fondly at the end in stark contrast to the chilly handshake he had with fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios in the previous round, said he was delighted with the manner of his victory. “I was very happy. I played a great match from the beginning to the end,” said Nadal.     He next plays Portugal’s Joao Sousa who ended British hopes with a five-set win over Dan Evans. Andy Murray’s hopes of men’s doubles glory ended early as he and French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert went out in the second round.     However, he was to end the day on a celebratory note as his star partnership with Williams eased into the second round of the mixed doubles beating Germany’s Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi of Chile 6-4 6-1. Neither would claim who was running the show.     Serena said there was no “I in team” while Murray said they were both used to being told what to do. “I said to Serena before the match we are the younger siblings so we are used to being bossed by our older brother and sister,” said Murray On the women’s side Barty and Williams could meet in a blockbuster quarter-final if they win their last 16 matches on ‘Manic Monday’.     Two of the top 10 seeds did bow out, Dutch fourth seed Kiki Bertens and American ninth seed Sloane Stephens losing to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova and Britain’s French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta respectively.     While Barty will be in new territory playing singles at Wimbledon in the second week for the first time, for Williams it is the 16th.     ‘Such a buzz going around’      Barty overwhelmed British wild card Harriet Dart 6-1 6-1 while 37-year-old, seven-time champion Williams produced her most convincing display in dispensing with German Julia Goerges 6-3 6-4.     Barty, bidding to become the first Australian Wimbledon women’s champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her second title in 1980, will play unseeded American Alison Riske for a place in the last eight. She is also the first Australian woman to make the second week since 2010.     “Incredible it is a first for me (to be in the last 16), new territory for me.” Williams goes on to face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals. Eleventh seed Williams, who defeated Goerges in last year’s semi-finals, is bidding to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.     “It’s been an arduous year for me, so every match I’m hoping to improve tons,” said Williams, who had a knee problem which affected her season. There was no fairytale win in the mixed doubles, though, for the star of the championships Coco Gauff.     The 15-year-old American — who has wowed the crowds in reaching the last 16 of the women’s singles — and her British partner Jay Clarke lost 6-1 6-4 in the first round to Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.last_img read more


Other Sports PV Sindhu seeks improvement in fitness in search of World Badminton Championship gold

first_imgPV Sindhu has not been able to win a badminton title in 2019.Sindhu lost to Okuhara of Japan and Marin of Spain in previous editions.World Badminton Championship will be held in Basel on August 19. New Delhi: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu said on Friday that  she has been working on improving her fitness and defence in search of an elusive gold in the showpiece World Championships next week. Sindhu has been the most consistent performer in the World Championships in the last few years with two silver and as many bronze medals but a gold has still eluded her. The 24-year-old Indian ace will once again be the biggest hope as she spearheads the country’s challenge at the World Championship which begins in Basel, Switzerland on August 19.  She lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Carolina Marin of Spain respectively in the summit clash of the last two editions of the World Championships in 2017 and 2018.Asked if she is hoping to make it third time lucky, Sindhu replied: “Well, I have trained hard and I hope I can do well. I have to perform well but there is no pressure. I been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect,” Sindhu told PTI in interview.  “It is important to know which strokes to play at the right time, sometimes you can get tired and you can go blank but as a player you need to know which strokes to play in tough situations,” she said.  Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi was the one player who stopped Sindhu twice with an aggressive game plan in the last two tournaments of the year in Indonesia and Japan. Asked if the new World No. 1 Yamaguchi will be the biggest threat to her World Championships gold hope, Sindhu said, “I don’t think so. I played well against her in Indonesia but she was good. She was attacking well and she is also a rally player.  I was not surprised by her aggresion. I was ready but it happens, may be had I won the first game, things could have been different.” Sindhu, who has been seeded fifth, received a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri. If she wins, Sindhu is likely to meet Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying is likely to wait for her at the quarterfinals.  “At World Championships, it will not be easy from the first round itself. If you see the draw, I am playing a Chinese Taipei player and then Beiwen Wang, she is not an easy players and if I can win, I will be against Tai Tzu Ying in quarters. I have to focus on each match, because you never know.”  Since claiming the World Tour Finals in December last year, Sindhu has not been able to win another title this year. Two semifinals finishes at India Open and Singapore Open are all she had to show before she produced a superlative display to finish runners-up at Indonesia Open last month.  On her rigorous training under new South Korean coach Kim Ji-hyun, Sindhu said, “It has been good. I am happy with my performance. With Kim, I have a good communication and I hope to do well in World Championship. She pointed out a few mistakes that I was doing at the net, and overall, so I had to improve on that aspect. I got almost a month time before Indonesia, so had a good training and it showed at Indonesia. Her mindset and thinking is different and she motivates me a lot. Every coach has a different approach and I got used to her quickly. She joined after All England, so it took some time to get used to her way. Now we understand each other well.”Asked about her plans for the Tokyo Olympics, she said, “There is still time. It is important to play all the tournaments because the qualification is important. So till April next year, I  plan to play and then we will take a call depending on how my game is, my fitness levels and how training goes.” highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Cricket News Rohit Sharma’s ‘Special Talent’ Suits Him For Test Cricket: Ajinkya Rahane

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma is one of the top batsman in the world when it comes to ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals. Rohit has close to 9000 runs in ODIs and in T20Is, he and Virat Kohli are the two leading run-getters in the format. However, his Test numbers are underwhelming, averaging just 39.62 with three centuries. Rohit, though, has been picked in the India cricket team for the three-Test series against South Africa and many are expecting that he will open the batting. Ajinkya Rahane, who himself underwent a period of struggle for a couple of years before coming to form in the West Indies series, has backed Rohit to do well. “He has worked so hard and if he gets an opportunity, I am sure, he will do well. We all know the quality he has — special talent. Test cricket is all about mindset and ODI cricket, you can just go out there and back yourself. In Test cricket, sometimes if two bowlers are bowling good spells, you need to respect that and come out strong and play your game after that,” Rahane said in a promotional event in Mumbai.Rahane said it was tough to see a ‘special talent’ like Rohit sit out but he was unsure of which position he will bat in the upcoming series. “You want an answer actually? I don’t know yet whether Rohit will open the innings. If he does, I will be happy for him. I said in West Indies also, it is hard to see a special talent like Rohit sitting out,” Rahane said. The Mumbai right-hander has played 58 Tests and 90 ODIs but his last one-dayer was 18 months ago. In 2017, he had a good series against Australia but then his form dipped and in Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri’s rotation policy, Rahane found himself out of the team. However, Rahane expressed his desire to be part of the one-day squad in the near future. Also Read | Rohit Sharma Levels With MS Dhoni For This Awesome Twenty20 International Record”Apart from Tests, I really enjoy playing ODI cricket as well. I want to comeback to ODIs. Right now, the focus is completely on this series. After the Australia series, there was a long break. When I got to know that I was not part of the World Cup squad, my plan was to play county cricket and luckily the Hampshire people called me and asked about the county cricket,” Rahane said. Also Read | Virat Kohli Is Effective As Captain Only Because Of MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma: Gautam GambhirRahane’s stint with Hampshire for close to two months was vital and he admitted that he had fallen in love with cricket all over again. “Apart from cricket, small things helped me a lot. I used to walk alone after the practice session and think what was my thinking when I started playing cricket. The answer was that I enjoyed cricket rather than focusing on the outcome. When you think about focus and outcome, you put yourself under pressure. In county cricket, those two months, I learnt a lot. I played seven matches and the focus was actually on red ball because I knew we would play Dukes ball in the West Indies. Trusting your ability was the key,” Rahane said. last_img read more