Team India is all set to wear a new jersey when it takes on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the three-match series starting on July 26 at Galle.Virat Kohli’s men will have a new sponsor — Oppo — on their jersey which will be embossed on the right side of their shirt as well as the left sleeve.’Kit’ting up ahead of the Test series #TeamIndia ??? pic.twitter.com/6lgJ6aJr3F- BCCI (@BCCI) July 25, 2017The brand name will be green in colour and will replace the outgoing ‘Star’ that was India’s sponsor before the Champions Trophy.OPPO Mobiles India Pvt Ltd. won the sponsorship rights for Team India through a tender process for a period of five years and was acquired for Rs. 1079.29 crore. Earlier, Star India had bagged the Indian team sponsorship rights for a four-year period in December 2013. The deal was from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017.Star also placed a bid this time and according to media reports, Star’s bid was worth Rs 19.2 million (US$315,000 approx) per match for bilateral series and Rs 6.1 million (US$100,000 approx) per match for ICC sponsored tournaments. However, the Chinese mobile manufacturing brand outbid Star to bag the mega sponsorship deal.Before Star India, Sahara had sponsored the Indian team for 12 years.India will play three Tests against Sri Lanka at Galle, Colombo and Pallekele before a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 international.
On December 10 in 2005, Sachin Tendulkar went past Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of record 34 hundreds in Test cricket when he struck his 35th.Tendulkar scored 109 against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi to surpass Gavaskar, who achieved the feat against Sri Lanka at Kanpur in 1986 when he struck 176.Tendulkar played a record 200 Test matches for India in a career that lasted 24 years.Tendulkar, who wanted to be a fast bowler, hammered 51 Test hundreds and 49 centuries in one day internationals. He went to the MRF pace academy but Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The rest is history.He finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18,426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground in November 2013 at the Wankhede stadium when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last tournament, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.Tendulkar also played in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, he smashed 2334 runs including one century and 13 fifties.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said though his team played well in the ODI and T20 series and put up a good fight but were not good enough in both the deciding rubbers.”In both of them (deciders), we were very good, just not quite good enough. Both of them came down to the last couple of balls and when that is the case it’s such small margins. On a whole as a group we’re trying to constantly improve and we saw that in this series,” Williamson told reporters after the rain-shortened game here last night.”As a group, we are trying to constantly improve and get better. We have seen that throughout the series but there’s still a long way to go to where we want to be. But we are showing very good signs,” he said.The stylish right-handed batsman said it was a tough series and the two teams played good competitive cricket but was disappointing to lose it at the finish.”Such a fine line, especially in white ball cricket. We saw that in the entire series and it was a really tough series where both teams played really good competitive cricket. For a lot of games to come out to the last 2-3 balls makes for good watching but just a shame to be on the wrong side,” he said.The New Zealand skipper praised his players and said Colin Munro and the bowlers, especially the spinners did a great job throughout the series.Munro was one of the gains of the series as he hit 75 off 62 balls in the ODI decider at Kanpur and hammered a ton in Rajkot to set up the Kiwis win in the second T20.advertisement”There were some key contributions throughout. Colin Munro in the second game was outstanding. The bowlers, the spinners in particular, were very good. Collectively the guys went about their business really well. The batting unit has a really nice balance to it,” Williamson said.He said the shortened game made it difficult when it came to planning but there was a need to think on one’s feet..”Naturally, when it gets shortened to eight overs, you can sort of plan prior to going out with eight overs and only having to bowl four bowlers. It kind of means that you are not too fluid in how you are going to operate.”So, the guys coming out were essentially playing death in terms of their batting from ball one. So it was more to do with the surface and what we wanted to finish with today but it’s something different because you don’t experience it too much, you get 20 overs each and this is something different.You have to think on your feet,” he said.He admitted that the fifth bowler was an issue they were dealing with and also said players were trying to adapt to their roles in the team after New Zealand made changes to their top and middle orders.”But we certainly know in some conditions, how effective they can be and we saw Colin de Grandhomme throughout the IPL bowl exceptionally well for Kolkata Knight Riders. It is a balancing act on different surfaces. The batting unit has a really nice balance to it but it is just trying to adapt, read the game the best you can and seeing our bowlers adapt well.”Williamson was all praise for the ground staff at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram and said their efforts made the game possible.”It is great to come here. It is a brilliant stadium by any standards in the world, amazing stadium and yeah a lot of credit goes to the groundstaff. You couldn’t expect a perfect pitch with so much weather around with moisture and there was some in the surface and it made it challenging.”It was still a good game of cricket even though it was only eight overs each to get any cricket at all was really good effort. Was a tricky surface. I knew it was going to be tough and we got very close just shame we couldn’t cross the line,” he said.
SOCHI, Russia — Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 on Feb. 19, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.On Feb. 21, the U.S. will play Canada — a rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game — for a shot to become an Olympic champion. The Canadians held off Latvia 2-1, and they beat the Americans in overtime four years ago.“It’s a great opportunity,” American forward Max Pacioretty said. “They’re obviously the favorite coming into the tournament, and we’ve opened up a lot of eyes with our play, but we have more in the tank to give and to show. “We keep getting better every game and hopefully we’ll keep getting better after this one.”James van Riemsdyk gave the Americans a lead 1:39 into the game.They lost it a few minutes later when one of their defenseman, Ryan McDonagh, tried to clear the puck away from the front of the crease and it went off the left skate of Ryan Suter and got past Jonathan Quick.The Czechs were not as successful scoring on their own against Quick, who started ahead of 2010 silver-medal winning goaltender Ryan Miller and had 21 saves.Ales Hemsky was credited with a goal that two Americans touched after he did. Hemsky legitimately scored his second one, skating to the slot and snapping off a wrist shot that got past Quick’s blocker with 7 minutes left in the game.Brown put the U.S. up 2-1 at the 14:38 mark of the first, and David Backes made it 3-1 with 1.8 seconds in the period.Zach Parise piled on, pushing the Americans’ lead to 4-1 midway through the second period to chase goalie Ondrej Pavelec after he made just eight saves. He was replaced by Alexander Salak.The Americans shaped their roster with players who skate fast, hit hard, share the puck and score.“It starts off the ice,” Pacioretty said. “Everyone on this team realizes you have to play for the team and check your ego at the door. All of us are the top players on our team back home and you come here and you’re asked to play different roles.“You see everyone in the room, willing to go to the dirty areas, block shots, make hits. It’s nice to see when you see a guy like Patty Kane backchecking as hard as he can across the ice. It kind of puts things in perspective.”The U.S. has been tested only once in a 3-2, eight-round shootout against the host Russians in the preliminary round. The Americans have crushed the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia by a combined score of 17-4.While the Czechs had to play for a second straight day because they had to beat Slovakia in the qualification round just to reach the quarterfinals, the rested Americans were ready to roll after having two days off.The U.S. seemed to take advantage of having fresh legs, beating the Czech Republic to loose pucks all night long. “They had more energy,” Pavelec said. “It’s not an excuse, it’s just the way it is.”(Larry Lage, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PHILADELPHIA — Asked about the New York Giants’ trash-talking during the week, Jeremy Maclin replied: “27-0. Thank you.”The Philadelphia Eagles answered the Giants with a dominant performance from start to finish on offense, defense and special teams in a 27-0 win Oct. 12.Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy had a season-high 149 yards rushing to help the Eagles earn their first shutout in 18 years.“We played great in all three phases,” coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re pleased; we’re not satisfied. Still a lot of things we can do better.”A rough night for the Giants (3-3) became worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass on fourth down from the Eagles 3 in the third quarter. Cruz, a 2012 Pro Bowl pick, was crying and holding his hands to his face as he was carted off the field with an injury that’s expected to end his season.“Huge loss,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “It wasn’t a good situation, a grim scene.”Wearing all-black uniforms for the first time in franchise history, the Eagles (5-1) stayed tied with Dallas (5-1) for the lead in the NFC East. They hadn’t shut out an opponent since a 24-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at old Veterans Stadium.Foles had 248 yards passing, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the offense had a rare strong start.The defense harassed and pressured Eli Manning often, sacking him six times and preventing New York’s upstart offense from getting on track. The Giants had won three in a row, scoring more than 30 points in each victory.“It’s a good reminder that you just can’t show up on the field and have things go well for you automatically,” Manning said. “We got outplayed, outperformed.”The Eagles entered with 11 offensive touchdowns and seven from their defense and special teams. But Foles and Co. didn’t need much help in this one.Foles tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Zach Ertz for Philadelphia’s first offensive TD in the first quarter this season. Ertz made a diving catch, dragging his feet to stay in bounds.Foles hit a wide-open James Casey for a 26-yard TD pass to make it 17-0 in the second quarter. Sproles had a 15-yard TD run to put the Eagles ahead 27-0. He left the game with a left knee injury and didn’t return.(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Clinching a playoff spot brought roars from the home crowd and broad smiles from the New York Islanders, who acknowledged their accomplishment is a satisfying first step.Jordan Eberle continued his scoring surge with another goal, Anthony Beauvillier added two of his own and the Islanders secured a postseason berth for the first time since 2016 with a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.Michael Dal Colle and Ryan Pulock also scored for the Islanders, who have 99 points in their first season under coach Barry Trotz and secured a postseason spot in March for the first time since 1990. If the Islanders finish first or second in the Metropolitan Division, it would mark the first time since 1988 they would open a playoff series at home.“The strength of this team is its backbone,” Trotz said. “It’s good to know we have an invite to the party.”The Islanders, who have won four of their last five games, trail Washington by three points for the division lead and are four points ahead of third-place Pittsburgh. New York and Washington each have three games remaining, while Pittsburgh has four.Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson spoiled Robin Lehner’s shutout bid with his first NHL goal on the power play at 13:28 of the third period.Eberle opened the scoring at 7:41 of the first at Nassau Coliseum, tapping in a rebound after Buffalo’s Carter Hutton initially stopped a shot by Mathew Barzal. Anders Lee also assisted.The goal was the third in the last two games for Eberle, who has 18 overall this season. He had a three-point game — including the winning goal — against Winnipeg on Thursday, when the Islanders scored two late goals for a 5-4 win over the Jets.Beauvillier made it 2-0 at 8:20 of the second, finishing off a sequence in which the Islanders kept the puck in the Sabres zone for an extended time. Beauvillier, who was denied on a penalty shot midway through the first, shot the puck from just inside the blue line to elude Hutton.Dal Colle added his third goal of the season at 19:26 of the second before Pulock scored his ninth goal 30 seconds into the third to make it 4-0.Beauvillier scored his second of the game and 18th of the season at 6:07 of the third to make it a 5-0 advantage for the Islanders.New York Islanders’ Anthony Beauvillier (18) shoots the puck past Buffalo Sabres’ Carter Hutton (40) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Veteran Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck said the victory before their appreciative and very vocal fans – the first time the Islanders clinched at home since 2002 – was important.“It’s nice to get in there and do it front of these people in this building,” said the 31-year-old Clutterbuck, an Islander since 2013. “They have been there for us all year.”Lehner, the former Sabre, made 31 saves to improve to 24-12-5 as he heard the crowd repeatedly chant his name.Lehner has been a revelation for the Islanders after they signed him to a one-year free agent contract last summer during which the Swedish netminder went through well-documented substance abuse and mental illness rehab.“The strength of our team this year has been working as a group, everyone buying into the system learning how to play close games and play good defense,” Lehner said. “It’s incredibly rewarding to clinch today.”The Islanders came out flying against the dreadful Sabres, outshooting Buffalo 16-8 in the first period. Hutton managed to stop Beauvillier on a penalty shot at 12:23 after defenseman Brandon Montour tripped the Islanders forward.Buffalo, which will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight season, is 0-5-1 in its past six games and 1-11-2 in its last 14 overall. The Sabres are also 0-12-2 in their past 14 road games, the longest road skid in the NHL since Toronto went 0-14-2 from Jan. 2 to March 1, 2015.“This game was about battles. They are a bigger team. That’s why they are in the playoffs,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “We spent way too much time in the defensive zone and we didn’t execute very well. They won way more puck battles than we did.”With the loss, the Sabres matched the second-longest road skid in franchise history. They went also 0-13-1 from Dec. 4, 2014 to Jan. 30, 2015. Buffalo’s longest road winless streak is 23 contests. The Sabres were 0-15-8, including eight ties, from Oct. 30, 1971 to Feb. 19, 1972.NOTES: The Islanders are 12-6-2 at Nassau Coliseum this season and were also 12-6-2 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. … The Islanders are 32-14-3 in their last 48 games and 7-2-2 in their past 11 games overall against the Sabres. … The Islanders scratched defensemen Thomas Hickey and Luca Sbisa, plus forwards Tanner Fritz and Ross Johnston. … Buffalo scratched defensemen Zach Bogosian, Matt Tennyson, Jake McCabe, Matt Hunwick and Rasmus Ristolainen, plus forwards Evan Rodrigues and Vladimir Sobotka.By: Allan Kreda, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous ADI: advanced PLL/VCO solution for next-gen RF, microwave and millimeterwave applicationsNext Farnell: wide range of products and support for educators and students Socionext has developed a prototype implementation of video encoder functionalities of the latest video compression format AV1 onto Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)F1 Instance. Utilizing F1, Socionext was able to complete the development and achieved high performance in just one and a half months. Based on this result, Socionext will explore the possibility of new, service-oriented products that allow customers to use functions of semiconductor devices through cloud services, and to provide users with other accelerators built on the cloud to boost the productivity of large-scale, high-performance cloud-based applications.AV1 is a new, advanced video data compression standard established by the Alliance for Open Media, a consortium that includes Socionext. AV1 is capable of compressing data about 30% more effectively than HEVC, while keeping the same image quality. The first official specification of AV1 was released in March, and many hardware and software companies are developing the implementation. It is expected that the introduction of this new format will further promote the distribution of high-definition, high-quality video contents such as 4K.Socionext has chosen Amazon EC2 F1 Instance as the environment in which it built a dedicated encoding accelerator onto an FPGA, available over the cloud with the Instance. It is the first prototype of a hardware-based implementation of an AV1 encoder system. By utilizing F1, Socionext was able to complete the development in just one and a half months, while also delivering very high hardware accelerator performance. It runs 10x faster than existing encoders running on a CPU only.Socionext presented this result at the “AWS Summit Tokyo 2018” on June 1st. Based on this encouraging result, Socionext will be able to quickly offer customers an environment to use the codec functionality through the cloud.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Continue Reading Previous MEMXPRO launches mSMART storage device monitoring for AIoTNext ST drives AI to edge and node embedded devices with STM32 neural-network developer toolbox ams and Face++ have agreed a co-operation arrangement to accelerate OEMs’ and system integrators’ deployments of 3D optical sensing technologies such as face recognition.This partnership means that manufacturers can go to market faster with superior systems for performing functions such as face recognition, facial payments, Animoji creation and augmented/virtual reality. The 3D optical sensing solutions created by ams and Face++, which use infrared light projectors to map the surface of real-world objects such as a user’s face, are bringing about profound changes in the operation of security and authentication functions. 3D optical sensing, for instance, enables face recognition in the mobile phone, giving users an easy and secure alternative to PIN codes and fingerprint sensing for device unlocking and payment functions.Under the new partnership, ams and Face++ will co-ordinate efforts to ensure that the operation of ams 3D optical sensing systems and Face++ technologies are optimized for each other. ams and Face++ will also collaborate on customer service to provide co-ordinated system-level technical support to product manufacturers.In November 2018, ams also announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies for the joint development of face recognition technology for mobile phones based on ams IR illuminator modules and Qualcomm mobile application processors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Diego Costa came to Spain’s rescue once again on Thursday as his goal against Iran helped Spain register their first win in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.Costa netted for the third time in this tournament in the 54th minute which remained the only goal in the match with Spain producing yet another unconvincing display after the 3-3 draw against Portugal in their opening match.The veteran forward notched his third goal in two games when Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance bounced off the Spaniard’s leg and into the net in the 54th minute.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECosta is now the second highest goal-scorer in the tournament behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted once in Portugal’s 1-0 win against Morocco in the first match on Wednesday.Ronaldo had earlier scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s first match against La Roja.Spain’s Costa furious with Iran’s play-acting and time-wasting tacticsThough Spain had besieged the Iranian goal in the first half, they were on the back foot for parts of the second, with Karim Ansarifard rifling into the side netting, and Saeid Ezatolahi having a goal ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.The result left Spain joint top of their group with Portugal on four points, but Iran close behind on three going into the third and final set of games. After two defeats, Morocco are out.All to play for in Group B for #POR #ESP and #IRN in the final round of fixtures… #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/75h32KvqE6advertisementFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018After a match played out to a deafening blare from vuvuzela horns from a huge army of Iranian fans, Spain will feel relieved to have emerged with maximum points.Iran were brilliant in defence for much of the night but also made a number of telling incursions.A goal by Saeid Ezatolahi was ruled out offside after being reviewed by the video assistant referee (VAR), while Karim Ansarifard had earlier hammered into the side netting.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz had rung in the changes, dropping captain Masoud Shojaei and forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh to the bench, while recalling holding midfielder Ezatolahi from suspension and promoting Mehdi Taremi.Three games, three 1-0 scorelines…A tight day, but #POR #URU and #ESP all do what they need to do. #IRNESP pic.twitter.com/6cQ6xtuIyCFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018The expectation that they would play well back was unfounded, however, even if they kept their shape superbly, restricting Spain to a handful of chances in the first half.David Silva sent a free kick straight into the arms of keeper Ali Beiranvand in the 25th minute for Spain’s first shot on goal.Silva was in the thick of it again at the half hour, with a pirouette and a volley over the crossbar at the end of a string of looping headers.Silva found a rare metre of space just before the break and was denied again by a deflection off a player.Spain seemed rejuvenated after the interval, with Sergio Busquets unleashing a searing long-range strike that forced Beiranvand into a brilliant double save.Minutes later, however, Ansarifard latched onto a poor clearance and unleashed a withering shot that fired just wide of the left post.Costa, who grabbed a brace in the 3-3 draw against Portugal, was in the right spot at the right time, his lucky deflection leaving the masses of Iran fans at Kazan Arena groaning in disappointment.(With Reuters inputs)
iOS 11 was perhaps one of Apple’s most buggiest updates ever. So much so that it pushed me to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone. From battery drain issues to autocorrect bugs to a Telugu character crashing the iPhone, iOS users saw it all this past year. To add fuel to the fire, Apple late last year admitted to throttling iPhone performance to prevent older iPhones from shutting down randomly. But with iOS 12, Apple is looking to fix a lot of its mistakes.Update: Apple released iOS 12 for the masses on September 17. For non-beta users, the update will be available OTA or via iTunes. If you have been using the public beta versions, you can downgrade easily by heading to Settings > General > Profiles. Click on the iOS 12 Beta Software Profile and then tap on Remove Profile. Once this is done, reboot the device and you should be downgraded to iOS 11 after which you’ll receive the official iOS 12 update via OTA.At WWDC 2018, Apple announced a few new features and improvements to iOS 12. And while they may not sound ground-breaking, a lot of what makes iOS 12 a worthy upgrade is with regards to performance, speed and reliability. And that’s exactly what the update brings based on my hands on experience with iOS 12 public beta, which is currently available for anyone to download. After spending some time with iOS 12, I can confidently say that this is one of the most stable updates from the company in a long while.advertisementiOS 12 is compatible with any device that is compatible with iOS 11. This means the iPhone X all the way back to the 2013 iPhone 5s will support iOS 12 and users of any of these models are eligible to download the public beta. Similarly, the update will be compatible with the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation all the way back to the iPad Mini 2. To download the public beta version, you must first enroll yourself with the Apple Beta Program using your Apple ID. Now, it’s always urged to download a pre-released beta update on a secondary device as such updates are expected to bring some bugs and issues.iOS 12 is a return to form When Apple announced iOS 12 at WWDC 2018, it opened by saying that iOS 11 saw a 95 per cent customer satisfaction, which sounded pretty strange considering all the issues the update brought with it. The issues got so out of hand that reports earlier in the year suggested that Apple will be taking the year to focus on performance and reliability and that iOS 12 will not be too showy, but will focus on bringing a kind of normalcy back to the mobile software. And this is exactly what Apple announced at its developers conference when it said it was “doubling down on performance” with iOS 12.Before talking about the new features, I feel it’s important to inform everyone that iOS 12 is an impressive update simply from a performance standpoint. I installed the beta update on the iPhone X, iPhone 7 and iPad Air 2 and found all three devices to run smoothly without a lot of glitches. While the iPhone X is still pretty new and performs smoothly as ever, I noticed a marked improvement in performance on older devices like the iPhone 7. Apple claimed that apps open twice as fast as before and camera opens from the locked screen around 70 per cent faster. While I can’t verify the speed to the dot, I can say that Apple’s claims are true for the most part.iOS 12 is definitely an update meant to make older iPhones great again. And it comes at a time when Apple planted a seed of distrust following its admonition that it intentionally slowed down older iPhones to protect aging batteries from causing random shutdowns. iOS 12 on the iPhone 7 noticeably improved performance with faster app load times, fewer lags and generally a smoother experience. Everything just feels faster and smoother. I also noticed some improvements to battery life, which is always great to hear when it comes to iOS updates.iOS 12 is definitely an update meant to make older iPhones great againFor those wondering about how iOS 12 works on even older iPhones, CNET recently performed a comparison between two iPhone 5s models – one with iOS 12 installed and one running iOS 11.4. The tests revealed that apps like Safari, Mail and sliding to open Camera all launched noticeably faster on iOS 12.iPad becomes more like the iPhone X iOS 12 isn’t as much about visual changes as it is about performance, stability and making life just a little bit easier. With iOS 12 on the iPad, not only do you get everything that we just mentioned, but Apple is also hinting at something very specific. Right after installing the update on my iPad Air 2, I couldn’t help but notice how certain changes to the UI seems inspired by the iPhone X. Swiping down from the top right corner brings the Control Center, similar to how it works on the iPhone X.advertisementSimilarly, the iPad gets some more navigation gestures inspired by the iPhone X. Swiping up from the bottom of the display will flick away an open app and take you to the home screen, while swiping up and around from the bottom right or left corner switches the app. To get the Dock for multitasking, you will need to swipe and hold for a bit. You will need to swipe up near the middle of the display to bring up the App Switcher.With iOS 12, Apple is preparing us for the inevitable removal of the Home Button on future iPadsI can’t help but feel Apple is preparing us for the eventual removal of the Home Button-cum-Touch ID with its next set of iPads. During my time with the iPad, I rarely felt the need to use the Home Button what with all the new navigations now added. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that 2018 iPads will be equipped with Face ID and will likely sport slimmer bezels. There’s also the possibility of these iPads sporting an iPhone X-like notch, and the latest iOS 12 is laying the groundwork for that.Measure app on iOS 12 Apple over the past couple of years has been pushing a lot for augmented reality. The company announced ARKit last year to allow third-party developers build AR apps by taking advantage of an iOS device’s camera, CPU, GPU and motion sensor. Since then a lot of measurement apps have cropped up, but Apple at WWDC 2018 decided to bring its own measuring app, simply called Measure.Measure is an app that is based on ARKit that allows you to measure real-world objects and environments. Opening the app launches the viewfinder and provides two tools for measurement – a measure scale and a level scale. The first one lets you measure objects in terms of centimeters and inches while the latter tells you whether an object is on a straight level.The camera will recognise corners and vibrate the iPhone so that you start measuring from that point. Tapping on the screen or the Plus icon will start the measuring and you can drag it to a another point to measure the length or height of something.My experience with the Measure app has been a little uneven. When it works, it works pretty well although I won’t say it’s extremely accurate at measuring. However, while testing it, the iPhone started heating within a minute. That being said, I didn’t encounter frequent app crashes and I found it to be a lot more intuitive than the Measure app Google designed for ARCore. The heating issue is a genuine concern and Apple will need to iron that out before the stable iOS 12 update rolls out.advertisementGrouped notifications One of the features as part of the “how to keep things clean 101” is Grouped Notifications. Much like Stacks in macOS Mojave, Grouped Notifications essentially brings together notifications of a similar kind and stacks them on on top of the other. So when you turn on the iPhone or the iPad, you’ll see your Messenger notifications stacked together and tapping them will drop the messengers down. Apple sees this as a more convenient way from having to scroll through endless notifications, but I’m not too sure how I feel about this feature.I like having all my notifications right there at a glance as it helps me quickly reply. But I do appreciate the idea of having notifications grouped together, especially if someone constantly receives notifications from Facebook, Twitter, mails and messages throughout the day. It makes sorting through messages a whole lot easier and it’s easy on you eyes too. The feature on iOS 12 beta didn’t always group notifications and it’s probably a minor bug that should be fixed with the stable update. Additionally, you also get the option to have your notifications delivered quietly to you in the notification center without popping up on your lock screen or making any sound when delivered.Screen Time Google and Apple are both of the opinion that we spend too much time on our phones. Both Google’s Digital Wellbeing and Apple’s Screen Time look to provide you with information on how much time you’re spending on your favourite apps, so that you have an idea on whether you’re overdoing it. Screen Time on iOS shows you how much time you have spent on certain apps.Within Screen Time, you have options like Downtime, which lets you schedule the amount of time you want to spend away from the phone. Once you enter the schedule time frame, you’ll receive a pop up telling you that you’ve reached your limit on an app, say Facebook or Twitter. You can then either close the app or choose to ignore the limit and continue browsing the app. That’s the biggest difference between Screen Time and Google’s Digital Wellbeing. Google is pretty strict with its limits as it won’t let you continue using the app unless you go to the dashboard app and manually remove the limit, whereas Apple is giving the user the choice to decide whether they want to quit the app or continue browsing.Apple’s way is not as rigid compared to Google and I’m okay with thatApple’s way is not as rigid compared to Google and I’m okay with that. Screen Time is a pretty neat feature and gave me a good summary at the end of the week of how much time I spent on apps and how many times I picked up the iPhone. The latter was quite an eye-opener as well.Memoji Apart from a stunning edge-to-edge design, the iPhone X is also unique because it’s the only iPhone that supports Animoji, which are essentially smileys that reflect your facial movements thanks to the sensors inside the notch on the X. With iOS 12, Apple added another fun new exclusive feature called Memoji, which is basically a 3D avatar of yourself. The sad part is that we can still only access Memoji and Animoji through iMessage. With Memoji, you can create your own avatar by choosing the skin colour, hair, facial features like beard and size of nose and accessories like a cap.Once created, you can use your Memoji as you would an Animoji and send it to another iPhone X user. Since you have to create your own avatar from scratch, it’s unlikely your Memoji will look anything like you. After a while, the novelty of it fades away and I found myself going back to the good old Animojis. The most notable new feature here is the ability to use Animoji and Memoji while on a FaceTime video call. That was pretty fun to use and i’m sure that’s going to be a popular feature going forward. Speaking of FaceTime, iOS 12 now allows up to 32 people to join in on a FaceTime call or video. We tried testing this out in beta but it mostly started crashing when adding a third person to the chat.There are tons of other features on iOS 12 that would really stretch this article beyond its limits, which is why I chose to highlight the most notable of them. I have been quite impressed with the stability and performance that iOS 12 brings to the iPhone, especially on older models and I would definitely recommend installing this on a secondary device to check out all the new features. Apple should release the stable build sometime around September as it has done in the past.
Malaysia were left at the mercy of the weather after snaring eight wickets and conceding just nine runs in 30 minutes, as Pavandeep Singh returned impressive figures of 5/1, before heavy rain forced play to a halt in a WT20 Qualifier Asia B encounter at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.But a tremendous effort by ground staff and the entire Malaysian team to drain the outfield of stagnant water allowed play to restart with Malaysia set a target of six runs from eight overs.Malaysia suffered a fright, though, in losing openers Anwar Arudin and Shafiq Sharif to Pang Danu (2/2) in the first over without scoring but Suhan Alagaratnam’s straight hit for a six ensured there were no more hiccups as Malaysia ended on 11/2.Malaysia kept it tight against Myanmar even with the threat of rain looming.”We hoped to finish in the first over but the wicket was a bit wet and the bowler bowled into that patch,” said Malaysia captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammed Noor.READ – China score 35 from 20 overs in a T20 match. Thailand chase it down in 16 balls”Credit to him for getting our main batsmen out. But 11 runs in 10 balls is quite impressive for me.”Having won the toss and put Myanmar in to bat, Malaysia exclusively employed spinners in a rush to get a win ahead of the expected downpour.4 overs3 maidens1 run5 wickets!What a spell by @MalaysiaCricket’s Pavandeep Singh in their win against Myanmar at the @WorldT20 Asia B Qualifier! pic.twitter.com/Po2DIadwJ5advertisementICC (@ICC) October 9, 2018The hosts made a terrific start as Pavandeep began his four-over spell by trapping opener Lin Thu leg-before with the first ball of the innings before removing Ye Naing Tun two balls later.Anwar Rahman claimed two wickets for three runs before rain threatened to wreck Malaysia’s hopes of finishing third.”When it started to rain, we hoped to bat again. Thanks to the curator, ground staff and the boys, we worked hard to get the ground dried. We were lucky we managed to get it done and the umpires gave us eight overs,” Faiz added.
Chennai, Oct 29 (IANS) The Rs 100-crore indigenously developed high-tech, energy-efficient, self-propelled or engineless train was flagged off by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani here on Monday.Soon after Lohani waved the green flag, the white-coloured train with a dash of blue moved few yards in the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) amid the beating of drums in celebration.Officials said India’s first trainset — Train 18 — will be a game-changer for the Indian Railways.The train was developed at nearly half the cost that is normally incurred for such development.Speaking to IANS earlier, S. Mani, General Manager, ICF, said the train with a capacity to touch speed of 160 kmph will replace the Shatabdi Express.”With 16 coaches, the train will have the same passenger carrying capacity. There are now separate power cars. But it is about 15-20 per cent energy efficient and leaves less carbon footprint,” Mani said.Officials said the trainset was conceived, designed and developed in about 18 months’ time as against the industry norm of about 3-4 years.The trainset has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turnaround at destinations.According to an ICF official, every alternative coach is motorised, to ensure even distribution of motive power and faster acceleration/ deceleration.The train sports advanced regenerative braking system which saves power.Mani also said the fully airconditioned train offers better passenger comfort and safety, as all equipment are fixed under the carriage/ coach, so that more space is available on board.In the Executive Class, the seats are rotatable to match the train direction.Train 18 will have modern look with continuous windows on the exterior and the total seating capacity will be 1,128.On safety front, Train Management System in the driver’s cab will ensure precise brake control and automated doors control.The coach doors will open only when the train touches zero kmph and the train will start only when all the coach doors are properly closed.The train will have automated sliding steps uptil the platform avoiding the risk of a passenger falling. The driver can also monitor the movement of passengers on the platform via closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) in his cabin before closing the door.There are emergency talk-back units (through which passengers can talk to crew in case of emergency) and CCTVs are provided in all coaches for safe and secure travel, officials had said earlier.CCTV cameras on both sides of driving cab would help the driver monitor the movement of passengers on the platform before closing the doors and starting off.ICF would roll out six such trainsets.–IANSvj/niradvertisement
Roger Federer finally weighed in on the Serena Williams controversy that has divided the world of Tennis. The Swiss ace said that Serena “should have walked away”.”I feel like Serena should have walked away,” Federer was quoted by the Sunday Times. “She did, but she went too far. She should have walked earlier.””The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It’s unfortunate, but an incredible case study,” Federer added.Serena was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles final on Saturday, and American and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn’t treated the same as some male players.READ – WTA comes out in support of Serena Williams after chair umpire rowThe incident and the ensuing row resulted in a game penalty and a $17,000 fine by the United States Tennis Association for Williams, and divided tennis by triggering a debate about sexism in the sport.The debate was fuelled by Williams’s and others assertions that an umpire would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.READ – Serena Williams fined USD 17000 for rule violations in US Open finalDjokovic had earlier come out in support of the American saying that he thought the umpire should not have pushed Serena so hard.”Just maybe changed – not maybe, but he did change the course of the match,” Djokovic said. “Was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.”advertisementREAD – Djokovic outlasts Federer in epic semi-final to reach Paris Masters finalAs for Federer’s ambitions of a 100th career title was brought to a screeching hault as he was beaten Novak Djokovic 7-6(6) 5-7 7-6(3) in an epic Paris Masters semi-final on Saturday.
The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri are three separate awards given by the Government of India which seek to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved. The Padma Awards were instituted in the year 1954, and is announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day except for brief interruption(s) during the years 1978 and 1979 and 1993 to 1997.How are people nominated for the Padma Awards?The state governments, union territory administrations, central ministries and departments, the institutions of Excellence etc submit the recommendations for the Padma awards.These nominations are then considered by an Awards Committee who give their recommendations.The Padma Awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day on the basis of the information secured from the awards committee, and after the approval of the Home Minister, Prime Minister and President.The Padma Awards Committee is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).Here is how the three Padma Awards are different from each other.Padma Vibhushan:It is the second highest civilian honour of India is given for exceptional and distinguished service in any field including service rendered by the government servants.The highest award in India is the Bharat Ratna.Padma Bhushan:This award is given to recognize distinguished service of a high order to the nation.advertisementPadma Shri:It is given by distinguished service in any field including service rendered by the Government servants.Various fields of work for which Padma Awards are givenAs per the government website on Padma Awards, here is a list of the fields which are considered for Padma Awards:Art (includes Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Cinema, Theatre etc.)Social work (includes social service, charitable service, contribution in community projects etc.)Public Affairs (includes Law, Public Life, Politics etc.)Science & Engineering (includes Space Engineering, Nuclear Science, Information Technology, Research & Development in Science & its allied subjects etc.)Trade & Industry (includes Banking, Economic Activities, Management, Promotion of Tourism, Business etc.)Medicine (includes medical research, distinction/specialization in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Sidhha, Allopathy, Naturopathy etc.)Literature & Education (includes Journalism, Teaching, Book composing, Literature, Poetry, Promotion of education, Promotion of literacy, Education Reforms etc.)Civil Service (includes distinction/excellence in administration etc. by Government Servants)Sports (includes popular Sports, Athletics, Adventure, Mountaineering, promotion of sports, Yoga etc.)Others (fields not covered above and may include propagation of Indian Culture, protection of Human Rights, Wild Life protection/conservation etc.)Who are eligible or not eligible for the Padma Awards?All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. However, except doctors and scientists, government servants including those working with PSUs, are not eligible for the Padma Awards.Read: From Manoj Bajpayee to Gautam Gambhir: Complete list of all 113 Padma awardeesRead: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsRead: 8 major awards given by the Government of India
Anita Sheoran shocked UP Dangal’s Asian Championship gold medallist Navjot Kaur to place Punjab Royals on top of the points table even as the two teams set up the PWL semi-final against each other in Greater Noida on Monday.Anita who is national championship silver medallist shocked Navjot in the women’s 62kg category to clinch an unassailable 4-2 lead for Punjab.UP’s Jitender clinched the last bout of the evening against Amit Dhankar 10-9 in the men’s 74kg category to ensure that his team too makes it to the last-four stage with a fourth place finish.Second-placed Haryana Hammers will lock horns with third-placed Delhi Sultans in the other semi-final.The Haryana cop Anita, who is making a comeback after becoming a mother, gave her all against the technically superior Navjot to win the bout by scoring the last point.Earlier, UP Dangal’s 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Giorgi Sakandelidze came from behind to get the better of 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Korey Jarvis 4-2 in the men’s 125kg superheavyweight category to help his team take an early lead.The fearless Anju came out strongly and even took a four-point lead with a takedown against world champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of UP Dangal in the women’s 53kg category. But the Belarus wrestler’s experience helped her come back for a 12-6 win and put the UP Dangal’s 2-0 ahead in the tie.Padma Shri and world No. 1 Bajrang Punia got the defending champions Punjab Royals back into the game with a convincing 7-0 win over an aggressive Pankaj Rana in the men’s 65kg category.advertisementThe 2017 Asian Championships silver medallist and UP Dangal’s giant-killer Sarita couldn’t recreate the magic of her last few bouts and went down to the 2018 European championships silver medallist Mimi Hristova in the women’s 57kg category, bringing Punjab Royals to 2-2 level terms.Punjab Royals sneaked ahead 3-2 in the tie when the 2012 Olympics bronze medalist Dato Magarisvili got the better of 2018 European U23 silver medalist Irakli Misituri 5-0 in the men’s 86kg category.Also Watch:
India cricket team captain Virat Kohli has expressed his condolences to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers who were killed during a ghastly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday.In what is being reported as one of the deadliest attacks in decades on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, at least 37 CRPF personnel lost their lives when a suicide bomber rammed a car carrying explosive close to 300 kgs rammed into a bus carrying the Indian paramilitary police.There has been an outpouring of grief from across the globe ever since the news of the attack broke out on Thursday afternoon. Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.Reacting to the Pulwama horror, Kohli wrote: “I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans (sic).I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019Notably, Kohli was slammed on social media on Thursday evening for an ill-timed promotional tweet that came hours after the terrorist attack on the CRPF soldiers. A tweet asking his followers to vote for fan clubs for a popular sporting award didn’t go well with social media users, considering the mood of the national after the loss of soldiers’ lives.pic.twitter.com/AY6hgYNnLwSaurabh (@imsgshinde) February 14, 2019Meanwhile, several cricketers, including Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman among others, took to social media and expressed grief over the attack in Jammu and Kashmir. Gambhir, who has been vocal about his passion for the army, condemned the attack and urged the government to take to the battle ground against Pakistan.advertisement”Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway (sic),” Gambhir wrote on Twitter.plz don’t use that word #PulwamaAttackVijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 15, 2019Meanwhile, the United States of America has condemned the terrorist attack and asked all countries to uphold their responsibilities when it comes to denying support to terror groups.”US condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today on an Indian CRPF convoy in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and their families and wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” a press release from the US Department of State said.”UN designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for this heinous act. We call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,” the statement added.Also Read | Pained by cowardly attack on our CRPF jawans: Cricketers condemn Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Pulwama attack: Ready to give up my other son, but Pakistan must pay, says father of slain CRPF jawanAlso See:
Fast-rising table tennis player G Sathiyan feels his best is yet to come, a day after he became the first Indian to break into the top 25 of the latest world ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation.”I am happy with the way I am playing and I feel I am moving in the right direction. But I feel the best is yet to come,” Sathiyan told IANS from Chennai.”I have started to beat world-class players more frequently. I still feel the best is yet to come and I am marching towards my goal of top 15 by the end of this year,” said the engineer turned table tennis professional.Sathiyan jumped four spots to be 24th in the lastest ITTF rankings, following his sixth-place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama earlier this month. Riding the result, he secured a place in the World Cup scheduled to be held in Chengdu from October 25 to 27.Last week, he was the sole Indian to reach the round of 32 in the World Championships in Hungary.Sathiyan’s rankings shot up thanks to a series of fine performances over a period of 12 months, beginning February 2018 (the best eight are taken for consideration). They include the Qatar Open (reached the round of 16), Hong Kong and Korea Open (round of 32), Australian Open (round of 16), and Austrian Open (round of 16).The Chennai player also won an Asian Games bronze last year.Asked if there is the pressure of expectation now that he is India’s top-ranked male table tennis player, Sathiyan laughed: “I love playing under pressure. I enjoy the challenge.”advertisementThe next few months will be gruelling for Sathiyan with the World Table Tennis Championships, seven Pro Tours (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic), Ultimate Table Tennis League and the Commonwealth Championships all lined up before the World Cup.Also Read | G Sathiyan becomes first Indian to break into top-25 of table tennis world rankingsAlso Read | Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaAlso See:
It has been a busy Tuesday morning for Kuldeep Yadav in his hometown Kanpur. The India spinner is in the middle of a quick training session with his coach a few hours before catching a flight out of Lucknow to Mumbai en route London for his first World Cup. All that along with a farewell from the family, a photo session with the academy mates and graciously responding to everyone’s good luck wishes squeezed between is giving some anxious moments to the youngster. A quick visit to Varanasi the night before meant he’s sleep deprived too.”I went to visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Benares with family last evening,” Kuldeep Yadav told AajTak. “I always make it a point to visit after every few months.”This trip was special though, came as it just before departing for the biggest tournament of his life.”It is such a big opportunity, just like a dream for me. I want to perform really well in the World Cup. That is my main aim. I have been training hard for it. My full focus is on winning the cup for India,” says the 24-year-old.The 2019 Indian Premier League was forgettable for the chinaman bowler. After taking just 4 wickets from 9 games, Kuldeep Yadav was dropped by the franchise for the team’s last 5 league matches. Worse, he gave away runs at an economy of 8.66.”I was bowling well but still not getting wickets. I really don’t know why I was failing to get wickets despite bowling well. The Eden Gardens pitch was also very good for batting.. the ball wasn’t turning much there. If you gave a little bit of flight, it was easy for the batsman to take the ball into his radar and smash it out of the park. I think maybe I need to improve my bowling more if I have to play on such pitches,” Kuldeep Yadav said.advertisementThe performance could have had a huge demoralising effect, barely weeks before the World Cup. However, Kuldeep Yadav went back to the place where he had learnt his first cricketing lesson, trained hard under the watchful eyes of his childhood coach and regained the confidence.”I got a good break during the IPL. I rested well and have recovered fully. I have worked on my bowling extensively in the last 10 days. I am enjoying my rhythm and some errors that have been there in my basics have been cleared too. I am bowling well right now. Recovery has been full in a way and I am fully ready for the World Cup.”Come India’s first World Cup match – against South Africa at the Rose Bowl on June 5 – and Kuldeep could well return to his match-winning ways.”It is a different format, a 50-over game is a lot different to a T20. The conditions are a lot different too. The wickets there will be a lot faster, the ball will spin too when the temperature will be high and we will get dry pitches. Spinners will get a huge advantage and that remains my focus.”Among the current lot of bowlers going for the World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav has played the maximum ODIs – a total of 30 games – since the start of 2018. And, he has been most successful too, taking 65 wickets with as many as five four-wicket hauls. The number two in that list is his partner Yuzvendra Chahal, with 45 wickets from 24 matches. Together, they’ve scripted India’s success story in the ODI format on many occasions in the recent times.”We bowl well in partnership and have won many matches for India together. Our role will be really crucial in the middle overs in ODIs. We have got breakthroughs in the middle period in this format. The fans have high expectations from us. Virat bhai gives full freedom and leads from the front. It is a big thing for a youngster if he gets so much support from his skipper. He has really backed me and Chahal a lot. He always keeps telling us to get wickets. To see your captain showing so much faith in your ability is a great thing. Not just him but the entire team management and all the senior players including Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) and Rohit bhai back us a lot. Mahi bhai keeps on telling you such minute things on the field which are so useful for a bowler. This is a good sign for the team.”There have been times though when only one of either Yadav or Chahal has figured in the playing eleven and the success rate and striking capability deteriorates considerably in the spin department.advertisement”Well, because of the team combination, only one of us plays at times. But performance of the one who is playing is a different thing altogether. Yes, we are more comfortable when bowling together and understand each other really well. We bowl well in partnership as both of us are attacking bowlers and that is a huge plus.”With England-Pakistan ODI series witnessing 350-plus totals, the writing on the wall may be quiet clear for the bowlers in the World Cup. Australia coach Justin Langer too has advised his bowlers do develop “thick skin” on flat wickets in the offing.”Yeah, I think he is right. Looks like there are some really good batting wickets in England. If the weather is not hot there then we will go for a lot of runs. I think that to attack is the best option there. We can stop any team before 300 by getting wickets. That is the reason I believe that middle overs will be really important for us in this format.”So, are we going to see any new variation from Yadav in the coming weeks?”I haven’t really thought of it so far but hopefully something new will be there in my arsenal. I have worked really hard in the past few weeks. I will definitely try something in the World Cup, it is going to be a long tournament and I need to constantly sharpen my skill. The excitement is high and the expectations huge from us. I don’t feel much pressure. I am more excited right now and waiting for the tournament to start.”Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluable, people love spreading rumoursAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attackAlso Read | IPL setback won’t hurt Kuldeep Yadav in World Cup: Dilip VengsarkarAlso Read | At times MS Dhoni goes wrong with his tips, says Kuldeep Yadav in jest
India and New Zealand will face each other in the 1st semi-final of World Cup 2019 on July 9 with an aim to book a berth in the title-clash at Lord’s on Sunday. While India topped the league stage with 7 wins and a solitary loss against England, New Zealand just managed to sneak through into the last-4 despite 3 back-to-back defeats against Pakistan, Australia and the hosts.Though India have looked solid throughout the tournament, their fragile middle-order has often been masked by the supreme form of their top-3 including opener Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli, who have scored 1088 runs in total.New Zealand, on the other hand, started the tournament on a high remaining unbeaten for their 1st six games before going down to Pakistan. Skipper Kane Williamson has led them from the front with 481 runs of his own but the rest of the batting has failed to put up the big scores – most notable among them has been the poor form of Martin Guptill, who only has 166 runs in his kitty from 8 games.BatsmenRohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson pick themselves after each of them having scored in excess of 440 runs in the tournament.Ross Taylor pips Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav due to his twin fifties and wealth of experience.WicketkeeperKL Rahul is the surprise pick in the gloves department even though he hasn’t played a single game as a wicketkeeper. The first choice stumpers from both the teams haven’t had the best of tournaments so far and given Rahul’s excellent form with the bat, the right-hander becomes the natural choice to bet on.advertisementAll-roundersA tough choice between Hardik Pandya and James Neesham as both are powerhouses with the bat on their day and can also chip in with wickets when needed. But Neesham’s slightly better stats and him being a left-hander offers variety in a team filled with right-handers.BowlersBoth teams have bowling riches in abundance but if we choose to go with a lone spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal makes the cut ahead of Mitchell Santner. It’s the fast-bowling department where the choice becomes the toughest.Jasprit Bumrah is hard to leave out from any playing XI but Mohammed Shami’s excellent returns in the tournament from just 4 matches puts him ahead in the race with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.From the Kiwi side, strike-bowlers Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, who have combined to pick 32 wickets make the cut.India vs New Zealand, Dream 11: Suggested XI, Captain and vice-captainRohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson (vice-captain), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Trent BoultSquads:India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.Match starts at 15.00 PM (IST)Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Mitchell Starc, Joe Root and Alex Carey on the verge of all-time World Cup records
Pugilists Neeraj Goyat and Vikas Krishan have challenged Vijender Singh for a fight in November after the star boxer called Neeraj a ‘kid’.After registering his 11th consecutive victory in the professional circuit by outsmarting American Mike Snider in New Jersey recently, Vijender had said that Pakistan-origin British pugilist Amir Khan has been playing with ‘kids’ so far.Amir had raised questions over Vijender’s abilities and skills when the Indian boxer started his professional career.Speaking on the sidelines of an event where he was felicitated for his recent win in the US, Vijender said: “I am always ready, you should ask him (Amir). He has been playing with ‘kids’ all this time. He was supposed to fight Neeraj Goyat, but our boxer got injured. Neeraj is junior to us. After that, he fought with some Australian boxer and won. As I said earlier, I maintain my stand that I’am any day ready to take him on… I just want to know when he will be ready.”Both Amir and Vijender compete in different weight categories. The Indian pugilist’s weight category is higher than Amir’s.Meanwhile, Vijender’s ‘kid’ comment did not go down well with Neeraj, who tweeted: “Calling me kid @boxervijender. I’m the only Indian boxer who has defeated a world champion in his own country #canxu #china. I want you to face @officialvkyadav (Vikas Krishan) in me and @amirkingkhan undercard in november this year. Are you ready?”Calling me kid @boxervijender I’m the only Indian boxer who has defeated a world champion in his own country #canxu #china. I want you to face @officialvkyadav in me and @amirkingkhan undercard in november this year. Are you ready ? @trboxing #sbl pic.twitter.com/9PrjrhvViDadvertisementNeeraj Goyat (@GoyatNeeraj) July 20, 2019Backing him, Vikas tweeted: “@boxervijender neeraj and @amirkingkhan are of same weight category let them fight. As @GoyatNeeraj said we are of same weight category,we must fight under their card in November this year. Let’s face each other in the ring.”@boxervijender neeraj and @amirkingkhan are of same weight category let them fight. As @GoyatNeeraj said we are of same weight category,we must fight under their card in November this year. Let’s face each other in the ring. @trboxing #sbl pic.twitter.com/e9sXYkJFdFVikas Krishan Boxer (@officialvkyadav) July 20, 2019Neeraj has also vowed to challenge Amir after recovering from the injuries he sustained in an accident that ruled him out of the big showdown against the British star earlier this month.Amir kept up his aim for a massive showdown with the legendary Manny Pacquiao by blowing away Billy Dib in Jeddah earlier this month.Also Read | Stop fighting children, I am ready for a bout: Vijender Singh challenges Amir KhanAlso Read | I am ready to knock down Mike Snider: Vijender Singh on his comeback bout