Hardik Pandya’s confidence level didn’t dip even during rough phase: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma has highlighted the importance of Hardik Pandya ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup and reckons that the all-rounder will play a big role for the team in the showpiece even which starts on May 30.Hardik Pandya was embroiled in controversy earlier this year after he appeared on the TV show, Koffee with Karan. He was criticised for his sexist comments on the show and was also provisionally suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the same.But Hardik overcame the problems in his personal life following the episode and bounced back strong in the Indian national team and has been in terrific form for the Mumbai Indians as well in the ongoing Indian Premier League.His recent success in white-ball cricket also earned him a spot in India’s 15-member World Cup squad. Speaking about Hardik’s comeback, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said the Baroda cricketer was disappointed with what was going on in his personal life a couple of months back but he never lost the confidence in his game despite all the issues.”Whatever happened in his personal life was very disappointing for him. But they way he came back from all of that, it is very important for a cricketer. There will be a lot of setbacks in your life but how you deal with them and bounce back is what [email protected] has got his eyes on the prize!#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians pic.twitter.com/z7lFKKDQ8ZadvertisementMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019″Hardik has made a good comeback. He rejoined the team in New Zealand, performed well there and now he is doing so well in the IPL. He is hitting the ball a long way. His confidence level never dipped even during that rough phase in his life. He was disappointed but his confidence was still up there.”Even when I spoke to him after that I realised that he was a bit disappointed but in a good frame of mind,” Rohit Sharma told Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports India Today Group.Hardik Pandya has been in superb form with the bat in IPL 2019 so far, having scored 355 runs in 12 matches at an average of 50.71 with a highest score of 91, which he scored in a losing cause against Kolkata Knight Riders in their last game at the Eden Gardens. He has also picked 10 wickets so far.| #KungFuPandya is striking the ball cleanly and we’re all loving it #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #KKRvMI @hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/RLbALGbF3zMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Looking at Hardik’s form, Rohit reckons he will be crucial for India with both bat and ball in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.”He is a good bowler who keeps the seam upright while bowling. If the conditions favour the bowlers then he will be very important for us. He will also be used in the finisher’s role in the batting order and he will bowl as well. So he will be important for us in both departments in England,” Rohit said.Also Read | It is my responsibility to help Virat Kohli when he is in doubt: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Team India like a fortress, outside opinions don’t matter: Rohit Sharma to India TodayAlso Read | I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKRlast_img read more

Boateng hails ‘brilliant’ Pep and ‘beautiful’ Man City

first_imgJérôme Boateng Boateng hails ‘brilliant’ Guardiola and ‘beautiful’ Manchester City Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Bayern München Guardiola Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion Burnley v Manchester City Mainz 05 v Bayern München Bayern München v Beşiktaş Basel v Manchester City Mainz 05 West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Burnley Beşiktaş Basel Premier League Bundesliga UEFA Champions League The World Cup winner played under Guardiola for three years at Bayern and believes the Spaniard has taken his former club to new levels Jerome Boateng has hailed Pep Guardiola as “brilliant” and described Manchester City’s football this season as “beautiful”.Boateng worked together with the Catalan for three seasons at Bayern Munich, winning three German league titles and two doubles between 2014 and 2016.City are 15 points clear in the Premier League and remain on course for a quadruple with a Carabao Cup final against Arsenal looming later this month, and the Germany international puts that down to the coach. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He’s brilliant,” the World Cup winner told Goal. “For me, tactically, he is the best.“This season City bought a lot of good players. They have a lot of money.“Now you see more that it’s his team. They play very good football. It’s beautiful to watch.”The 29-year-old played one season at City, the 2010-11 campaign, before moving to Bayern, where he became a treble winner in 2013. City could well rival the Bundesliga giants for the Champions League this season with the Germans safely into the draw for the last 16, where they will face Besiktas over two legs.The European landscape is crowded with top quality sides – such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain – but Boateng believes Bundesliga teams should be doing a lot better on the continental stage.Bayern were the only German side to make it out of the group stage, with Hoffenheim falling at the qualifiers and RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both finishing third in their respective groups. Pleasure to interview world champ @jeromeboateng video and quotes on @goalglobal soon #fcbayern #miasanmiaA post shared by Peter Staunton (@peterstauntongoal) on Jan 28, 2018 at 3:14am PST“Obviously, we want to go as far as we can,” Boateng said. “As a country, I think Germany can do better – much better – international wise.“The last years before were better but now there are tough leagues. The English League, the Spanish, Italian, they have good teams but at the end of the day we have a very strong squad and we will try to win it.“Of course it will not be easy.”Bayern suffered a catastrophic 3-0 loss to PSG in the group stage which ultimately cost Carlo Ancelotti his job as coach before gaining revenge on the last matchday on home soil in December.“There were different players on the pitch but at home we play always better,” Boateng said of the two games. “In Paris, we didn’t play well. We didn’t follow the game plan too well that Mr Ancelotti gave us.“But it’s a new situation now and we are very happy and positive at the moment,” said Boateng, who also hailed the impact of returning coach Jupp Heynckes.“You see how comfortable the team is,” he said. “He has great experience, he’s like a father figure for our team and everybody follows him. You see it in our games we play way better than before.”last_img read more

Rovers boss praises Harrison Reid

first_imgBlackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has heaped praises on Harrison Reed, after the midfielders impressive performance against West Bromwich Albion.Mowbray insists it wasn’t just his stunning goal which earned Rovers a point that caught the eye, but his all-action display in the middle of the park.Since moving to Lancashire on a season-long loan from Southampton, the 23-year-old has primarily been asked to fulfil the duties of a winger, largely due to the fine form of midfield duo Richie Smallwood and Corry Evans.However, the Blackburn Rovers manager boss insists he now faces a dilemma on his hands after Reed’s dazzling display in midfield.Asked to sum up Reed’s contribution at The Hawthorns, Mowbray said, according to the club’s official website:“Immense!Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers - Premier LeagueForgotten football stars – Morten Gamst Pedersen Boro Tanchev – August 25, 2019 Here is another forgotten football star we are going to talk about – the former Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen.“He’s been fantastic playing in a wide position, working like a trojan, running forward, blocking off the wide play, helping his full-back, in to out, in to out, and yet playing centre-mid today, it shows you where his true position really is on the pitch.“And yet when I’ve got (Corry) Evans and (Richie) Smallwood playing centre-mid for the last 18 months it’s really difficult to put Harrison Reed in there and leave one of them out every week.“So we’ll find a position for Harrison. He’s a fantastic player, but beyond his playing ability, his personality fits in amazingly well with our group.“The lads love him to bits and I think he’s settled in well, so let’s wait and see.“It was a fantastic performance again – an immense performance from Reed today – and he topped it off with a great goal.”last_img read more

Dont skip that meal

first_imgSummer means this insane desire to skip the heavy foods and gorge on cooling drinks and fruits. All well, but if one doesn’t eat right – chances are that the heat might do you down for the count.  Summer could be a good time to lose the winter weight but don’t skip meals.Dieting or skipping meals never helps an individual to lose weight. Instead, one should eat food items that help lose weight and increase metabolism.  One must note, ginger helps in digestion, salmon is high in proteins, and olive oil help reduces appetite. Femalefirst.co.uk has listed down ingredients that help reduce weight and boost metabolism: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chillies: Experts say eating chillies can help burn energy, hours after a meal. It’s also been suggested eating spicy food may temporarily suppress the appetite. Add jalapenos or red and green chilli to the dishes to give them a fat burning boost.Almonds: Dry fruits contain proteins, fats and fibre – a combination which helps reduce hunger. Nuts make a great alternative to fried snacks. One can add it in the salad also to improve taste.Olive oil: Olive oil contains a compound called oleic acid that is used by the body to create oleoylethanolamide, which helps in weight loss and reduces appetite. It’s always recommended to prepare delicacies using olive oil. One can use it to dress salads also. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSalmon (fish): It is high in protein and packed with Omega 3 that controls the production of the hormone, leptin, which regulates appetite. High leptin levels are linked to insulin resistance and obesity, so aim for at least two servings of oily fish a week to keep levels low. Ginger: It helps in digestion, but it also has a thermic effect by raising the body’s internal temperature, Ginger also has cholesterol lowering properties, so can help to improve cardiovascular health, and speed up metabolism.last_img read more