Realised the enormity of my triple hundred when people started talking about it: Karun Nair to India Today

first_imgKarun Nair, 25, was one of India’s several reserves on the bench until he got his chance in the third Test of the five-match series against England. He was run out for four on debut in Mohali and then perished cheaply again in Mumbai before grabbing what could have been possibly be his last chance in Chennai with a record-shattering triple hundred. (Karun Nair’s 303* standout moment for me in England series: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Nair was in the team only because Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were injured. The Karnataka middle-order mainstay, however, sealed his spot with a polished unbeaten 303. Once the regulars are back, the selectors and the team management will be presented with a problem of plenty. Nair, who will now turn up for his state in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals against Tamil Nadu, spoke exclusively to India Today. (Triple hundred will take a couple of days to sink in, says Karun Nair)Excerpts:Q. In the press conference after the triple hundred, you said that it would take two days for the feat to sink in. Has the enormity of the performance sunk in now?A. There has been little time. I have not had much time to think about it. There is another game to play next, the Ranji quarters. When I take some more time off, it will begin to sink in. But everything is going great now with support from the family and team management. (Karun Nair’s record-shattering 303* gives India a problem of plenty)advertisementQ. How much has life changed? How many more selfie requests and congratulatory WhatsApp messages have you received?A. Many more than usual. Many more messages than that I would get. I am quite enjoying it. I appreciate it and thank everyone for the love.Q. Let me throw you some numbers which would help you put your achievement into perspective. We know yours is only the third triple hundred by an Indian. You are the third ever after Sobers and Simpson to convert his first hundred into a three hundred. Your name is alongside these greats forever. (Team India reacts after historic 4-0 win: “Everyone put their hands up when needed”)A. When people start talking about it, you realise the enormity of this. When people come to you and say how big this is, you realize.Q. You ended up scoring 232 runs in a day all by yourself. Does this stroke-playing ability come naturally?A. I have always had strokes. The situation here was simple as well. Once I got to 100, I had to make sure the team got to their score and take a lead. The team had given me instructions which actually helped me get to 300. The instruction was to open up and play freely. (Karun Nair’s triple hundred at par with Virender Sehwag’s triple hundreds: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Q. When did you start thinking of a triple hundred?A. I was batting on 230 when the team gave out instructions that we would like to have a bowl. I got to 280 in no time. That’s when Ravindra Jadeja, my batting partner, told me this was the chance to get 300 and I should play for it. That’s when I thought I could do it.Q. Weren’t you nervous approaching such a rare milestone?A. Getting to the first 100 was tough. That’s always been very important at any level. Once I have achieved that, it was smooth sailing. I was nervous about the first 100. Then I was calm and trying to make it as big as possible.(Reuters Photo)Q. You were at the other end when KL Rahul was dismissed for 199. You wouldn’t want that to happen to you.A. It’s very disappointing when you see your teammate miss out. I was at other end and you could see the disappointment on his face. Obviously, when you have seen that, you don’t want that to happen to you. So it was on my mind when I was on 190. I was lucky enough to come through that and I could go further.Q. Was it a moment of brain-freeze for him?A. I don’t know. It’s never happened to me. Thoughts do come in and you don’t want to miss out. But winning the game for the team is the ultimate aim.Q. Your skipper Virat Kohli seemed to be very happy as well. The grin on his face was wider than yours when you reached the triple hundred. He was somewhat responsible for your first Test dismissal with a run out mess up. Did he slip in an apology?advertisementA. It happened. There is nothing you could say. He did say sorry to me. But you don’t want to take it forward it. You move on.Q. How did the dressing room respond?A. Everyone was very happy to receive me. I appreciate that. I could see that on their faces. I am happy to belong to a dressing room where players are happy for each other’s success.Q. You were subdued in your celebrations after the 300. Is that the way you are. Or it will change as you play more?A. Right now I am what you saw. Like I said I do think it may change.Q. How were the celebrations like after you finished the 300 and then when you had won the match?A. After the 300, it was normal. Just congratulatory stuff. We had a match to win the next day. After the win, we celebrated. It was a good night.Q. Let’s talk about some of the shots you played. The sweep shot in particular. Very few Indian batsmen play it regularly. Does that come naturally?A. The sweep shot does come naturally to me. I also practice it a lot. It’s a shot you can use against spinners and dominate them. I have worked very hard at it. Just happy I could use it in this innings to advantage.Q. What about the reverse-sweep? You play that frequently as well. You had the courage to use it to bring up your 300 in the Ranji final..A. The reverse sweep has come recently. It’s a modern shot which is used now. When I started off, people didn’t play it. You can call it an inspiration. But it has not come from watching anyone in particular play it. Also the way I play it, I don’t think others play it the same way. I use it as am confident of being able to play it successfully.Q. The scoop shot over the wicketkeeper’s head. Sachin played it successfully to his advantage. Was that instinctive or have you worked on it?A. I have worked hard on that shot, this year in particular. When I played it for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, Rahul Dravid sir came up to me and said this is the shot I have to work on. So I have continued to work on it.Q. How much of an impact has Rahul Dravid had on your batting?A. As a child growing up he has always been an idol and I have been lucky enough that I got a chance to work with him from Rajasthan Royals to Delhi Daredevils to India A. He has always been a great help. He has helped me in tough and good times. He’s someone I can go back to whenever I need to work on something in my game.Q. How did Dravid compliment you after the knock?A. He did congratulate me and mentioned that he was happy that I made it big.advertisementQ. There is so much competition in the team now that there is no guarantee you will play the next Test. If we play the conventional openers and Ajinkya comes in and if the team plays five bowlers…A. There is always competition. It’s about grabbing your chances from the opportunities you get. As far I am concerned, that’s what I have looked to do, to make the most of my chances. After that, selection is not in my hands. We all try to win matches for the team. We are a young batting group. There are smiles on everyone’s faces when we get runs. We are a good bunch of people.Q. From the team point of view as well. To win 4-0 against an England team that was competitive must have been a good feeling.A. It was an amazing feat. The team worked hard and the results are there to see. This is just the beginning. We will get better.Q. Do you believe in destiny after the narrow escape from death in Kerala?A. I just think it’s God’s grace and I was lucky to survive. Otherwise, there was no escaping that. I feel lucky God has been kind and he has given me another chance to live. My spiritual belief grew after that experience.Q. There were a couple of dropped chances in your knock as well. So perhaps you were destined to make it big that day?A. I feel certain things in life are meant to happen. But the harder you work the luckier you get. It was one of those days.Q. Your mother has not watched you play live before. But she was there for the Chennai Test. She must be proud.A. Actually Anil (Kumble) sir asked my parents to come for the match before the game. I am happy my parents could make it. They were proud parents when I got there.last_img read more

No takers for Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium

first_imgJust months after the Olympics, a dispute over the management of the Maracana stadium has erupted between the state and the city’s football federation, a media report said on Saturday.The building was damaged by looters on Junuary 10, and has since lain empty as clubs and authorities argued over who should manage it, the BBC reported.The city’s football federation said windows were smashed and items were stolen after the stadium was broken into.The Maracana stadium, built to host the 1950 football World Cup and used in the 2016 Olympics, is owned by Rio de Janeiro’s state government which has been hit hard by Brazil’s deep economic crisis.The stadium underwent costly modernisations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The federation said “the worries over the present and the future of the stadium are only increasing”.The stadium has been used by all of Rio’s big four football clubs, Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.last_img read more

Juan Mata keen to extend Manchester United contract

first_imgManchester United midelder Juan Mata,who will be out of contract at the end of 2017-18 season, has expressed his desire to stay at the Old Trafford club beyond that.The 28-year-old, who joined United from Chelsea in 2014, insisted that he is currently enjoying his time with the club and is looking forward to bring many more trophies with the Jose Mourinho-led side in the coming future. (Also read: Manchester United favourites but Southampton can harness spirit of 1976)”I have two years left on my contract and I would like to stay beyond that. I am happy here and obviously since I came we have won the FA Cup, Community Shield and now we have another chance to win a trophy,” quoted Mata as saying. (Also read: Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United)The Spain international, who faced an uncertain future in United having been sold by manager Mourinho during the pair’s time at Stamford Bridge, has made more than 100 appearances and won the FA Cup and Community Shield with the side.”I am thinking that the fans are amazing here even in the bad moments so I am thinking what happens if we win the Premier League or Champions League in the future years it will be incredible to celebrate them so I have that in my head,” he added.Mata can add another trophy to his account when United will take on Southampton in the EFL Cup Trophy final at Wembley later today.last_img read more

Budapest withdraws bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

first_imgBudapest’s assembly has approved a motion to withdraw the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.Wednesday’s decision leaves Los Angeles and Paris as the only remaining candidates. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September.Budapest’s decision to withdraw came after a new political group appeared to have successfully gathered enough signatures to force a city-wide referendum on the bid. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government said the change of heart by opposition politicians who earlier supported the bid had shattered consensus on the issue.Political analysts said holding the referendum and keeping the issue on the agenda for months did not favor Orban’s plans to seek a fourth term in elections scheduled for April 2018.last_img read more

Fake smells stronger online

first_imgSocial media is about being social. That means engaging in social media means acting like you’re in a social setting. Remember: People are in this social setting to hang out, connect with each other and enjoy the company.Going into a social media setting to blast your message and ask for money is like walking into a cocktail party with a megaphone and a collection plate. It’s rude and it won’t work anyway. Social media is about listening, enabling and engaging others. Nonprofit marketing friends, it’s not about us – it’s about connecting to others. That’s why we’ll give to a friend who asks but are unlikely to fan a stranger.Violate these principles at your peril. Faking it is bad news, because fake smells stronger online. A whiff of self promotion or slick inauthenticity will get sensed from afar – and send people running. Set out to engage – really engage – or don’t set out at all.last_img read more

Department of inspiration: 2 causes getting their stories right!

first_imgToday, I want to share two causes that are doing a great job turning their issues into stories. It’s so important to bring a human face to our organizations and our work. Without stories, we are simply abstract words and ideas. With stories, we become a part of our audience’s lives.The first example comes from Crisis Control Ministry. They wrote me a little while ago asking for input on their website, which they are about to revamp. They also sent along an example of some of their new materials. What an improvement! They are absolutely moving in the right direction.Old website home page:Sample new collateral:Here’s what I’d change about the website:-Choose a picture and tagline that tells a story – the photo of the boy looking down and the generic language could represent any nonprofit-Remove the mission statement and replace it with a great quote from a fan or beneficiary instead – mission statements belong on About Us pages-Make a clear case for givingWhat I like about the current site is the big Donate button, the email signup and the endorsement by Charity Navigator. You always want a prominent way to give, a way to get in touch and a third-party endorsement. However, the Donate button has dollars on it – bad idea. Images of money typically prime people to be selfish. If you use imagery, use a picture of a person being helped or other generous image. Also, the email signup could be stronger – “sign up for updates” is not extremely compelling, though it’s better than “join our mailing list!”I love the look and feel of the new collateral – I imagine this is a flyer – and can’t wait to see that take shape on the website. That photo and tagline instantly engage me and inspire me to help. Lutricia will take the new home page by storm. So will the vastly improved tagline: Strengthening Our Community – One Neighbor at a time.Now on to my second example – an incredibly moving take on those with special needs, via Joe Pulizzi’s Junta 42 blog. Go HERE on the below story – you will be moved and experience the issue in an incredible way.last_img read more

5 Technology Shifts That Will Change Nonprofits in 2013

first_imgI’m hosting a free webinar tomorrow at 1pm ET on the 5 Technology Shifts That Will Change Nonprofits in 2013. I hope you can join me! But register even if you can’t make it, because we’ll send you a recording after the fact.Technology is more important than the hottest new device or social network. It’s all about how you use technology to make connecting with your supporters easier and more compelling. Join me as I dive into five areas of fundamental technology changes that are critical to understanding how to engage with your supporters in 2013. A panel of nonprofits like yours from Tulsa School for Arts and Sciences and ACTS Prince William County who have embraced these shifts will discuss, in depth, the rise of mobile technology, the growth of peer networks, the increasing personalization of marketing and communications, the upside of slacktivism and new discoveries about how people think about our causes. Hear the stories, get the facts and learn how to adapt.Attend this webinar to kick off 2013 with a technological wake-up call! Sign up here.last_img read more

Sala would be proud – Warnock

first_imgNeil Warnock told Cardiff City players Emiliano Sala would have been proud of their performance after Bobby Reid scored twice in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.A visibly emotional Warnock walked around the pitch to celebrate with supporters at the end of the Bluebirds’ first home game since new signing Emiliano Sala went missing when the plane he was on disappeared while crossing the English Channel on January 21.The result took Cardiff to within two points of 17th-placed Burnley in the Premier League and Warnock said his side got their reward for successive good performances in the narrow defeat to Arsenal and Saturday’s triumph. 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! “It has been a very emotional 10 days and it just got to me at the end,” Warnock told BT Sport. “I said to the lads: ‘I know he’s not here today, but Emiliano would have been proud of us all today.’Vital victory today, important in so many ways this was for you Emi #BlueBirds #CityAsOne — Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 2, 2019 “I thought they [the players] were amazing. I thought they were at Arsenal – I was disappointed we didn’t win the other night.”We worked on the system and what we were going to do, and I thought it worked an absolute treat.”We knew they’d have a lot of possession, they’ve got some good players. They’ve got something like £86million worth of players on the bench – we had about three [£3m worth of players on the bench]!”Reid converted a penalty after five minutes following Steve Cook’s handball in the box, and the former Bristol City forward struck again just 15 seconds into the second half to double Cardiff’s lead.The 26-year-old’s performance was a fitting tribute to Sala, and Warnock said the result would help the club move forward.”The attitude was fabulous, we played some good stuff, we broke well,” he said.”Now we can get on with the season and we’ve told the teams above us we’re not going to give up without a fight. I’m proud to be the manager, definitely.”Reid, who has made 11 Premier League starts this season and scored four goals, held aloft a jersey with Sala’s picture on it after netting the opener, something he did for the striker’s family.”It was right to do so,” Reid said.”We have had a tough few weeks and it was good to do that for him and the family.”A privately-funded search for Sala’s plane is set to begin on Sunday after his family raised €300,000 in order to resume the search.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Solskjaer tops Mourinho’s win total for the whole season

first_imgManchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has again managed to eclipse Jose Mourinho’s win total for the club in the 2018-19 season, this time in all competitions.The Red Devils caretaker manager added yet another success to his impressive start at Old Trafford, claiming a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition .First-half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba proved the difference for Solskjaer’s side as they went to Stamford Bridge and came away with the win. 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! Bouncing back from a setback last week at Old Trafford against Paris Saint-Germain, Solskjaer now has his side back to winning ways ahead of this weekend’s clash against rivals Liverpool.And in the process, Solskjaer bested his predecessor in the win column yet again.A few weeks ago, the Norwegian netted his eighth Premier League win at the helm, surpassing Mourinho’s total of seven for the season .On Monday, Solskjaer made it 11 wins from 13 games, outclassing Mourinho, who managed just 10 victories in 24 games before he was sacked in December.It is no surprise to see United having success under Solskjaer, as he has given new life to Paul Pogba.With his goal and assist for Herrera’s opener, Pogba has now been directly involved in 15 goals since Solskjaer was appointed.The only Premier League player who can boast a better record over that span that is Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son, who has scored and assisted a combined 16 goals.Likewise, it dwarfs what Pogba did with Mourinho, as the midfielder managed five goals and four assists in 20 games under the Portuguese manager.2 – Chelsea only attempted two shots on target in this match against Manchester United, with both coming in the 11th minute of the tie. Blunt. #CHEMUN — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 18, 2019 And yet, Solskjaer, who has reinvigorated Pogba and many of the team’s other stars with a more attacking philosophy, had a Mourinho-esque possession stat in the win over Chelsea. The Red Devils saw just 33.1 per cent of the ball in the contest and still came away with the victory. That was their lowest possession total in nearly a year – Mourinho’s side in March 2018 only managed 32.1% against Liverpool but also came out victorious.The key to that success without the ball comes in blunting your opposition, and United did that very well against Maurizio Sarri’s attack.Chelsea managed only two shots on target in the entire contest, with both attempts coming in the 11th minute.It was only the second time in 51 cup outings the Blues have been held off the scoreboard, with the other coming in January 2018 against Arsenal in a scoreless Carabao Cup semi-final leg.Chelsea will aim to bounce back from the disappointment in their midweek fixture against Malmo in the Europa League, holding a 2-1 advantage in the tie as it shifts back to Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Gujarat: Two men attack Dalit teenager

first_imgAhmedabad, Oct 3 (PTI) A relative of one of the Dalit men thrashed last week for sporting a moustache in Limbodara village in Gujarat was today allegedly attacked by two unidentified men, police said.Kin of 17-year-old Digant Maheria alleged that two bike- borne men intercepted the teenager and slashed his back with a blade when he was returning home from school this afternoon.Digant is the cousin of Piyush Parmar (24) who was allegedly thrashed by members of the Rajput community on September 25. He was accompanying Piyush when the incident took place, his kin have claimed.”Digant told us that two unidentified men attacked him using a blade. He received some cuts behind his back in the attack. We have started the process of filing an FIR in the case,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Kalol division) V N Solanki said.According to Digants uncle Kirit Maheria, his nephew was attacked because Piyush had earlier lodged an FIR against the upper caste men.”Digant was present when Piyush was thrashed. Today, two men, who were wearing masks, intercepted Digant when he was returning home after giving his exam. The bikers told Digant that they have received Rs 1.5 lakh to attack those who had lodged the FIR,” alleged Kirit.”Before Digant could understand anything, one of them attacked him with a blade and made several cuts on his back. Digant received deep wounds in the attack. He is now out of danger,” he claimed. On September 29, one Krunal Maheria (30) of the same village had alleged in his complaint that he was assaulted by some Rajput men for “sporting a moustache”. PTI PJT PD NRB AARadvertisementlast_img read more

John Hastings announces retirement from ODI and first-class cricket

first_imgAustralian fast bowler John Hastings on Friday announced his retirement from first-class and one-day cricket, following a succession of grueling injuries that took toll on him.Hastings, who played one Test for Australia in 2012 and has thrived in international limited-overs formats, will continue to play T20 cricket, and be eligible for Australian selection in this format.The 31-year-old played the first of his 29 ODI matches against India in 2010, and his most recent against New Zealand in June this year, claiming 42 wickets across all matches.Hastings’ sole Test appearance was against South Africa in 2012 at the WACA Ground, claiming the wicket of AB De Villers. He has also represented Australia on nine occasions in T20Is.Hastings was expected to miss the early stages of the JLT One-Day Cup after suffering a back injury in Melbourne last month, but he admitted the latest setback was the final straw.”Trying to get back after four shoulder reconstructions, four major ankle operations and a major knee operation has just worn me down,” Hastings was quoted as saying by”The body is just giving up and every time I try to load back to get back to four-day cricket or one-day cricket, it seems as if something else goes. It was a tough decision, one that wasn’t made lightly, but I’ve decided to give the two longer formats away and focus on T20,” he added.Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland described Hastings as a “brilliant” competitor.”John has been a great servant of Australian cricket, and a player who worked extremely hard to be the best he could be, both at national and domestic level, and we congratulate him on his achievement,” he saidadvertisement”He was a brilliant competitor particularly in limited-overs cricket for Australia, and a smart cricketer who with bat and ball was always in the game and looking to play his role helping Australia and the Victoria Bushrangers achieve success on the field,” he added.The right-armer’s first-class career has spanned 11 years, with Hastings making his debut for Victoria in 2007, and playing his most recent first-class game for England County side Worcestershire earlier this year.Hastings played a total of 75 first-class and 113 List A matches in this time, collecting a total of 418 wickets and averaging more than 20 with the bat in each format.last_img read more

Genetic test is Team India’s new fitness mantra

first_imgKeeping in sync with skipper Virat Kohli’s uncompromising training regime, the Indian cricketers are now undergoing DNA test that reveals the genetic fitness blueprint of an individual, raising the bar to a level hitherto unseen.The test helps a sportsman improve his speed, in fat burning, endurance, recovery time, and muscle building.It has been learnt that the BCCI has introduced this test on recommendation of team trainer Shankar Basu, so that a more comprehensive fitness programme for the national team can be chalked out.The DNA test or genetic fitness test gives an idea about how 40 plus genes are related to a person’s fitness, health, and nutrition. Each cricketer’s DNA data is then combined with the environmental data which is the individual’s body weight and diet, for an all-round analysis.”Yes, we have started the DNA test for the Indian cricket team for some time now. It is basically in line with the new fitness parameters, which has been set by the team management. The DNA test was first introduced in the NBA (basketball) and the NFL in the United States.”The idea was mooted by Shankar Basu and it has proved to be extremely beneficial. For conducting each and every player’s test, the BCCI spends between Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 which is a nominal amount,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.Earlier, the Indian cricket team used to undergo Skinfold test for body fat measure percentage and then switched to DEXA test.”Skinfold test was used primarily for a long time but it was found out that results related to body fat percentage were not accurate enough. Then there was a switch to DEXA test for calculation of body fat percentage.advertisement”The DNA test is being done so that the body’s needs are known to maintain a particular fat percentage,” the official, who is aware about the module, further added.As of now, the permissible body fat percentage limit for a senior national team player is 23 percent, which is standard for most of the international cricket teams, including Pakistan and New Zealand.It is learnt that some of the cricketers did not know why, after rigorous amount of training, they were not able to bring down their fat percentage to a certain level.”Some of them have been having copious amount of milk since childhood as it is a common belief that milk gives you strength. Then they found out that despite training, their body is not able to measure up to the demands of modern day game.Photo Credit: Reuters”When this test started, some players understood that they are lactose intolerant or some who have fetish for mutton biryani know what their body needs after eating a particular kind of food,” he added.One of the players whose strength and stamina has tremendously improved has been pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been consistently playing ODIs and T20 Internationals.Since the start of Champions Trophy, Bhuvneshwar has played 19 ODIs and and 7 T20 Internationals, purely because of a new fitness routine that was prepared after getting his genetic fitness report.The DNA test is believed to test the body’s abilities and what kind of diet and exercise are most effective for a particular player.What trainer Basu does is to prepare a detailed workout and nutrition guide for each player that is tailored for their respective physical needs.last_img read more

Timeless magic

first_imgWatches, like cars, are as much a statement of personal style as your station in life. So whether you sport a flashy and bejewelled watch or settle for one that is stunning though subtle, it speaks volumes about who you are and where you are going. Even as the dust,Watches, like cars, are as much a statement of personal style as your station in life. So whether you sport a flashy and bejewelled watch or settle for one that is stunning though subtle, it speaks volumes about who you are and where you are going. Even as the dust settles, post the hurricane of the novelties launched this year, these are the 12 timepieces that will likely stand the test of time and complement your wallet and whimsy.Jaquet Droz-Loving ButterflyThe “Loving Butterfly Automaton”; the butterfly comes to life, pulling behind it a cherub in an animated chariot in an exquisite optical illusion. “Some watches tell the time, some tell a story.”TAG Heuer-Connected Modular 45Google’s Android Wear 2.0 and the new TAG Heuer Companion app improve the software experience and keep you connected with people and information you care about.Omega-1957 Trilogy Limited Editionspays a tribute to three mechanical masterpieces- The Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster-the special 60th anniversary editions of these models, which can be acquired separately or as a beautifully presented trio.Rolex-Sky-DwellerThe ‘world’ watch, is now for the world traveller. For the first time in a choice of yellow Rolesor or white Rolesor versions, the Sky-Dweller provides, in an unprecedented and highly original way, the information global travellers need to easily keep track of time.Audemars Piguet-Royal Oak FrostedAudemars Piguet’s very new Royal Oak Frosted Gold enriches Audemars Piguet’s tradition of experimenting with jewellery techniques.Breguet-Breguet Reine De Naples PrincesseInspired by the first wristwatch created by AL Breguet for Caroline Murat in 1810, the new Reine de Naples Princesse 8965 is the epitome of femininity and boldness. The Princesse embodies a more contemporary design in lieu of its classical compatriot Reine de Naples.advertisementBulgari-SerpentiAfter interpreting the figure of the reptile in countless different ways, Bulgari now reaches beyond its customary universe to propel the eternally youthful Serpenti towards a new field of expression, as the icon adopts double wraparound straps made from multi-colour exotic leathers.Vacheron ConstantinMetiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheresAlchemy of art and watchmaking by Vacheron Constantin The Metiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres 2460 RT collection testifies more eloquently than ever to the creativity of the Vacheron Constantin master-artisans. The decoration is inspired by the graphics of Andreas Cellarius, a 17th century Dutch-German cartographer.Jaeger-LecoultreHybris Artistica mysterieuseUnique timepiece by Jaeger- LeCoultre The Hybris Artistica mysterieuse indicates the hour and minute with rare accuracy but without hands. Time is drawn into the dance of a suspended orbital flying tourbillon within a finely worked dial.Zenith-Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mmA 40mm watch is unconventional to a pilot’s watch, considering no watchmaker produces them in this size. Zenith brings a spin to the professional series with a trendy new take on the vintage.Bovet-Virtuoso VIIIThe Virtuoso VIII is, however, the first timepiece in the Fleurier Collection to reprise an inclined crystal aperture along the 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock axis. This patented double face flying tourbillon has already demonstrated its full chronometric potential.Ulysse Nardin-FreakwingUlysse Nardin’s new Freakwing celebrates its partnership with the Artemis Racing team for the 35th America’s Cup and continues to be among the most innovative watches.last_img read more

Imran Tahir accused of hitting fan in Johannesburg, SA leg-spinner claims racial abuse

first_imgSouth African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, ranked No.1 in the ICC’s rankings for ODI bowlers, was involved in a scuffle during the fourth ODI against India in Johannesburg on Saturday.Tahir was not picked for the crucial match as South Africa opted for an all-pace attack in the Pink ODI at the Wanderers.WATCH 4th ODI HIGHLIGHTSA video has now gone viral which shows Tahir in an animated conversation with a section of fans in the stadium. Some people even accused Tahir of hitting a child which he vehemently denies.Cricket South Africa released a statement and said that an unknown man had verbally and racially abused Tahir during the Pink ODI, an iconic day in South Africa’s cricket calendar.The South African spinner, brought the matter to the notice of the security staff present at the stadium and the man was asked to leave the stadium.”Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to identify and to have the man ejected from the stadium. Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams.”Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups,” CSA said.advertisement”In accordance with the ICC Anti-racism code, spectators who engage in racist conduct are to be ejected from the stadium and can face further sanctions and criminal prosecution.”However, from the video footage which has gone viral on social media, there is no evidence to suggest Tahir was indeed racially abused.Tahir, 38, was born in Pakistan and moved to South Africa after meeting his wife Sumayya during the 1998 Under-19 World Cup. After years of playing for different sides, he finally made his international debut against West Indies during the 2011 World Cup in India.Tahir was picked to play for Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL last year. This time, he will turn up for Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more

Jaipur Wax Museum meets 60% power needs by solar energy

first_imgJaipur, Mar 13 (PTI) Rajasthans Jaipur Wax Museum, the states first such facility situated on the premises of the famous Nahargarh Fort on the Aravali Hills here, has started running a major portion of its operation on solar power and intends to reduce its carbon dioxide emission by 127.9 tonnes every year.The museums solar power project is generating 30 kilowatt-hour (kWh) electricity per day and fulfilling close to 60 per cent of its daily power needs, a senior museum official said.The museum has 33 wax statues, a combination of personalities from various field like acting, sports, and even cartoon characters famous among kids, .”The solar power project has been operationalised that has not only reduced our electricity bill but is also helping reduce our carbon footprint,? Anoop Srivastava, founder of the museum told PTI.He said a 30-kilowatt rooftop solar plant with 125 solar panels has been set up on the museum building terrace in an area of around 3,000 sq. ft. It will help save 127.9 tons of CO2 emission every year, he said. �Referring to a carbon footprint calculator by the US Energy and Information Administration, Srivastava said that 1 kwh consumption of solar energy means 1060 gms of carbon dioxide saved. �?Solar project usually has a life of approximately 25 years. This means we will be able to save 3,197 tons of CO2 emissions over the next 25 years,? he said. �This installation will help cover nearly 60 per cent of the electricity needs of the museum that will save around Rs 12 lakh every year of electricity cost. The cost of the entire solar project is around Rs 24 lakhs and which is expected to be recovered in 28-30 months, he said.advertisementThe museum showcases wax and silicon statues of personalities like Maharana Pratap, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Mother Teresa, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar and erstwhile Jaipur rulers, among others. �The founder informed that the statues of legendary Rajput king Prathviraj Chauhan, Swami Vivekanand, Prathiviraj and cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be added to museum in coming months. PTI SDA TIR TIRlast_img read more

Champions League: Sevilla stun Manchester United to enter quarters

first_imgManchester United suffered a shock exit in the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 loss to Sevilla after substitute Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice at Old Trafford on Tuesday.The Spaniards, who had never won a Champions League match in England, moved into the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 1958 having drawn the first leg 0-0.Jose Mourinho’s side were stunned by the two late strikes from Frenchman Ben Yedder and although Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back, United’s once promising European campaign came to a sorry end.Ben Yedder put the visitors in front with a low finish just 87 seconds after coming off the bench in the 72nd minute and scored again with a header that hit the underside of the bar and went in four minutes later.”In spite of the fact we didn’t create chances in the first half, we were good, very good, up until the final third, and we gave United very little chance near our goal,” said Sevilla’s Italian manager Vincenzo Montella.”Ben made the difference though, he was decisive, two times.”Mourinho added: “I don’t think the performance was bad. I did my best, the players did their best. We tried, we lost and that’s football.”We had chances to score and again in the second half we had chances but the first goal would always change the direction of the game.”LACKLUSTRE UNITEDUnited were a shadow of the team that beat Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, with sloppy passing and a lack of shape, urgency and fluency.advertisementQuestions will be asked as to why Mourinho switched around the team and formation from that game.Marcus Rashford was moved to the right, Alexis Sanchez to the left and Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini brought into midfield for Scott McTominay and Juan Mata.However while United laboured, Sevilla had not looked a real threat in what was a generally poor quality game until the introduction of Ben Yedder with 18 minutes left.After a swift passing move, the forward sprung the defence with a sharp turn and fired a low shot past David De Gea before doubling Sevilla’s lead with a back post header that crossed the line off the underside of the bar despite the keeper’s efforts.Lukaku volleyed home from close range after Juan Mata had flicked on a corner in the 84th minute but there was to be no comeback for United and the visitors could have added more.Ben Yedder, who now has eight goals from seven games in the Champions League this season, should have claimed a hat-trick when he was sent through one-on-one against De Gea but appeared to freeze and shot tamely straight at the keeper.That was quickly forgotten though as Sevilla’s players and fans wildly celebrated a famous win.”We were just excellent, very good,” said Italian manager Vincenzo Montella. “A lot of those players played the game of their lives”.Sevilla, who are fifth in La Liga, have never before reached the last eight in the Champions League, although they made the European Cup quarter-finals in 1958.(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

Sports university to come up at Chabua: Assam CM

first_imgChabua (Assam), Apr 3 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today described sports as one of the thrust areas of his government, and said that a dedicated sports university will be set up here.Speaking at the felicitation ceremony of triumphant teams of the 8th Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championship, Sonowal said the state government has decided to establish the “exclusive” sports varsity at Chabua, realising the immense potential of sporting activities in Assam.”Sports has been one of the thrust areas of the state government, as the present dispensation has been taking several steps for the promotion and development of sports in the state,” he said.The chief minister said the Assam government is on the threshold of starting indigenous sports events at all villages from this month.Congratulating the players for helping Assam emerge victorious in the championship, Sonowal, who was earlier sports minister at the Centre, said such feats act as a catalyst to the governments bid of making the state a hub of Indias sporting activities.He also advocated a collective approach between the state government and the people at large for promotion of sports. PTI ESB RBTlast_img read more

Justin Langer becomes Australia coach in post ball-tampering scandal era

first_imgJustin Langer replaced Darren Lehmann as the coach of the Australia cricket team following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that hit the world and Australian cricket.Langer signed a four-year contract and takes over an Australian team that is without captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner.Smith and Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia (CA) for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. Young opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was also suspended for nine months for his part in the scandal.Long touted as Lehmann’s successor, former test opener Langer has landed the role earlier than planned after his predecessor resigned following the Cape Town scandal despite being cleared of any wrongdoing himself.”Whilst Darren Lehmann was not due to complete his term until next year, we have had a succession plan in place for this role for some time,” Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland said in a media release on Thursday.New Aussie coach Justin Langer says he’s not as serious as you might think… (@CricketAus) May 3, 2018″We firmly believe Justin is the right person to lead this team and have huge confidence in what he will bring to the role.”The 47-year-old Langer scored more than 7,500 runs, including 23 centuries in 105 test matches and has enjoyed success coaching Western Australia state and the Perth Scorchers since November, 2012.He has acted as Australia’s head coach on an interim basis, in a limited-overs series in the Caribbean in 2016, and at home against Sri Lanka last year.advertisement”There will be some significant challenges ahead for our group, but there is a wealth of talent in Australian cricket that I know will do us all proud,” Langer said.One of Langer’s first jobs will be to participate in a players’ review launched by CA after the ball-tampering scandal aimed at improving the culture of the team.He will join men’s test captain Tim Paine and the national women’s skipper Rachael Haynes on a panel along with other former cricketers to draft a players’ “charter of behaviour”.Australia’s next international matches are an ODI series in England next month.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Batra says India should aim double digit medals in 2020 Oly, backs politicians in NSFs

first_imgNew Delhi, May 5 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra today said that the country should aim to win “double digit” medals at the Tokyo Olympics and around 40 at the 2024 games in Paris. The IOA president feels that a good show will then help them gain public support in its bid to host the 2032 Summer Games. Batra had recently told International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach — when he visited the country last month — that India would bid for 2032 Olympics, 2026 Youth Olympics and 2030 Asian Games. “Our target should be to win medals in double digits in 2020 Tokyo Olympics and around 40 medals at the 2024 Paris Olympics. This we need as we want to bid for 2032 Olympics. It is difficult to win public support (to bid for Olympics) if we do not do well and win medals in the Olympics itself,” Batra said. “We have to plan for 2020 and 2024 Olympics and we have to find the talent in the country. We have to do this together with the national federations as well as government. We have to work with the government as they are having schemes like Target Olympic Podium Scheme,” he said at a felicitation function of the badminton players who have won medals at the recent Commonwealth Games. He also gave a thumbs up on the politicians heading National Sports Federations, saying its good for Indian sports. “60 out of the 66 medals India won in the CWG were by players from NSFs being headed by politicians. Badminton, table tennis, wresting, weightlifting, shooting to name a few are headed by politicians and they are giving medals to the country,” said the IOA chief.advertisement “Politicians heading NSFs are not bad but they are actually good for Indian sports,” he added. Meanwhile, Badminton Association of India felicitated the shuttlers for their spectacular successes at the CWG with cash reward to the tune of one crore thirty lakh (1,30,00,000) rupees to them. “It gives me immense pleasure to be here to celebrate the heroics of our players in the Commonwealth Games. They have not only created history but have once again underlined India?s reputation as one of the top performers globally,” BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The mixed team which made history by winning India?s first ever gold was presented with a cheque for Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 lakh to each of the 10 players). The BAI awarded Rs 20 lakh to Saina Nehwal for winning the gold medal in womens singles, and Rs 10 lakh each to PV Sindhu and K Srikanth for winning the silver medal in their respective individual events. The young men?s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who etched their name in history books by becoming the first ever men?s doubles team from India to win a medal in the CWG, were awarded Rs 7.5 lakh each. The women?s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy were handed Rs 3.75 lakh each for their bronze medal winning feat. The entire coaching staff was also honoured for their contribution towards the historic achievement. Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand was felicitated with Rs 10 lakh while doubles foreign coach Tan Kim Her was given Rs 3 lakh. Assistant coach Siyadath Ullah Siddiqui was handed Rs 1.5 lakh while the trio of Kiran, Johnson and Gayatri (all physios) were awarded Rs 1 lakh each. The players, including Saina, Sindhu and Srikanth, thanked the BAI and also the IOA, especially its General Secretary Rajeev Mehta, for looking after the Indians players during the Gold Coast CWG. The BAI also announced that it would be conducting a training camp for the youth for the first time during the summer. The camp will be conducted under the guidance of legendary Prakash Padukone, who will be assisted by U Vimal Kumar. Junior national coach Sanjay Mishra will be the convenor of the initiative. PTI PDS PDS KHS KHSlast_img read more