ICC World Cup Ricky Ponting surprised on Pant’s exclusion; says could have been India’s X factor

first_imgPonting had a chat with Rishabh Pant after his exclusion from World Cup squad. Ponting believes that Pant could have been the X factor in India squad. Post-IPL, Ponting will be seen working closely with Australia squad for the World Cup 2019.  Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for the star Delhi Capitals player. “One thing we know about Indian cricket is that there is a lot of depth around in batting and this time Rishabh has missed out. Knowing what he is like and the talent he has, I would be surprised if he doesn’t play in at least three World Cups before his career is over.” I had a quick chat with him. He seems to have taken it pretty well. There is no doubt that he is disappointed, he would have loved to be in that squad but the thing he still has to remember is, potentially, he will get the opportunity to play in three to four World Cups.”What is a negative thing for the Indian team is positive for Delhi Capitals. Really happy that the decision has been made and he can focus on the back half of the tournament.” Pant at times has been criticized for throwing away a good start. Asked if that could be the reason selectors did not pick Pant, Ponting said: “I don’t know the selection criteria. Don’t know why he is not being picked. I don’t why the other guys have been picked ahead of him. To be honest it is none of my business.”Though I don’t think he is impatient, he is a very smart player. I think he sums up situations and conditions really well. But they obviously have their reasons for not picking him and I am not going to comment on that.”I actually think he missing out you will see a different player in the IPL. His determination will shine through and I am sure he will score heavily in the back half of the tournament,” he said.On the game against Mumbai Indians, Ponting said his team has adjusted to the wicket and the opposition will have a tough time on a slow and low Kotla pitch.”It should not be difficult for us anymore. We have an understanding of how the wicket is going to play. It is going to be quite slow and slow and we expect it to turn a little bit. I feel it would be difficult for Mumbai to come to play on this wicket. The last wicket caught us a bit off guard, we thought it was going to play better.”Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting will be seen working closely with Australian squad after the conclusion of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League. He will be seen sharing his experience with the chosen Australian squad and his experience can be vital for Australia to defend their title.  New Delhi: Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed his thoughts on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven. Ponting made an effort to meet Rishabh Pant on Monday night after he was excluded from the World Cup squad. He further said that he was happy to see that Pant has taken this sportingly. “Yes, I was surprised when he was left out of the Indian squad. I thought he would be in and he would be in the starting eleven. I thought someone like him batting at four or five could have been that X factor and the difference between India and the other teams,” said the Delhi Capitals head coach. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Deja view – Joe Panik homer again sends Dodgers to a 1-0 defeat

first_imgPreviousSan Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulates relief pitcher Hunter Strickland after the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers Yasmani Grandal #9 reacts after taking a foul ball off of his foot during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger left fielder Matt Kemp #27 makes a running catch on giants’ Brandon Belt #9 fly ball in the fifth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe #11 bobbles a Giants’ Austin Jackson #16 ground ball and makes a throwing error to first base in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe #11 bobbles a Giants’ Austin Jackson #16 ground ball and makes a throwing error to first base in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 throws Dodger Matt Kemp #27 out at first base during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 catches a bouncing Dodgers Matt Kemp #27 ground ball during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants third baseman Evan Longoria #10 throws to first base for the out during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers Yasiel Puig #66 makes a catch on a fly ball during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill),Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants center fielder Austin Jackson catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Wood, right, reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning of a baseball game as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey walks away from the plate Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, left, jumps as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a single to break up Cueto’s no-hitter during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto walks off the field after completing the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. Cueto had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning until Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hit a single, breaking it up. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, second from left, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, pitches and catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, watches along with home plate umpire Jim Reynolds during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, top, runs toward first as he hits a solo home run while Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run off the first pitch thrown by Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Joe Panik #12 is greeted by Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants after hitting a solo home run off the first pitch thrown by Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulates relief pitcher Hunter Strickland after the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers Yasmani Grandal #9 reacts after taking a foul ball off of his foot during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 29The Dodgers Yasmani Grandal #9 reacts after taking a foul ball off of his foot during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Second verse, same as the first.Joe Panik ruined the Opening Day party at Dodger Stadium, striking for the only run of the game and ending Clayton Kershaw’s unbeaten streak in season-opening starts.One night later, it was Panik again who provided the only offense in another 1-0 San Francisco Giants victory over the Dodgers. This time, he broke a scoreless tie when he led off the ninth inning with a solo home run off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.The Dodgers have started the season with their two best pitchers – Kershaw and Jansen – taking consecutive losses. It is the first time since 1968 that the Dodgers have started the season without scoring a run in their first two games. Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez should get most of playing time at second base with Justin Turner out Asked about his two cutters to Panik that registered 88 and 89 mph, Jansen dismissed the queries about out-of-sync mechanics with “Who cares?” repeating it four times.“No, man. It’s not mechanics,” Jansen said. “He just got me.” The game was effectively decided on Jansen’s second pitch of the season, an 89-mph cutter that Panik mashed into the right-field pavilion.“For Kenley, as I’ve learned him over the last couple years, when the velocity is down there’s a mechanical thing that’s not right. He’s not synced up,” Roberts said. “It’s not a health thing. He feels great. He feels strong. It’s not a usage thing. So I think it is a mechanics thing that he and Honey (Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) will work through.“That pitch to Panik was inner third, belt high and 89, I think. Just kind of a cement mixer there, in his nitro zone and very uncharacteristic of Kenley.” Panik has been a giant among Lilliputians when it comes to offensive output in this series.Thursday’s 1-0 Giants win looked like a slugfest compared to Friday’s version. Errors (four, all by the Dodgers) outnumbered hits (three, only one by the Dodgers) and the Dodgers sent the minimum 27 batters to the plate. Starting pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings – and Cueto took a perfect game into the seventh inning.Wood gave up just an infield single in his eight scoreless innings. At the same time, Cueto’s twisting, pausing and quick-pitching kept the Dodgers hitters off balance – not that they have found their sea legs yet this season.“It’s been two well-pitched baseball games,” Roberts said. “We know Cueto. He just executed well tonight, missed barrels and kept us off balance. The thing with Cueto is that if you don’t get baserunners and don’t get him in the stretch, that’s when he’s at his best keeping you off your timing, working you front to back. He’s got that thing in his delivery that he can change and again keep you off balance.”Cueto set the first 18 Dodgers down in order. The closest the Dodgers came to a hit in the first six innings was Yasmani Grandal’s line drive over the head of Giants left fielder Hunter Pence. With his usual hacky-sack player turned outfielder form, Pence went back on the ball, twisted and jumped up in the air to make a catchChris Taylor finally put an end to the perfect game when he led off the seventh inning by dropping a soft single onto the outfield grass. He was immediately erased in a double play and the Dodgers’ search for their first run of 2018 continued.Related Articlescenter_img “No. That’s not how we scripted it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of how things have gone off the rails since the choreographed pre-game ceremony Thursday.Without spelling it out, Friday’s starter, Alex Wood, channeled his inner Aaron Rodgers, reminding everyone that it might have been Panik time these two days but it was hardly panic time.“I’m sure everybody’s freaking out because we’ve lost two games,” Wood said. “But we still have a really, really good team.”Nonetheless, that team has given its followers much to freak out about – like an offense that is batting .121 (7 for 58) without an extra-base hit since the plumbing backed up and an invincible closer who has yet to break 90 mph with a pitch.“It don’t matter. It’s a long season, guys,” Jansen said after Friday’s loss. “Sometimes it’s going to happen. … It’s two games. You can’t be frustrated by it. Stay focused. We all have that goal. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a battle. We just have to go through it.” Dodgers investigate claim fan was beaten by stadium security on Opening Day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more