Improving Irfan Pathan and Virender Sehwag thrill coach Eric Simons

first_imgIrfan Pathan’s rapid progress, both in terms of form and fitness, seems to have wiped out some of the disappointment of India bowling coach Eric Simons after watching a spate of injuries to national team members in England recently.Another reason for Simons’s cheerfulness during his stay in Delhi was the progress Virender Sehwag is making on his troublesome shoulder.India bowling coach Eric Simons.At the end of an off-season camp of Delhi Daredevils, with which Simons is assistant coach, the South African was happy that both players are on their way back to the Indian team.Sehwag had two long net stints under Simons’s supervision at the Jamia Millia Islamia, the alma mater of the swashbuckling batsman, before he left for the National Cricket Association (NCA) for another round of rehabilitation.”Sehwag is obviously very important to Delhi Daredevils from certain aspects. Obviously, he’s our captain and a real match winner for us. It is great to see him come through his operation the way he has so far. He’s looking very strong and very fit,” Simons told MAIL TODAY . “He had two very long nets during the course of this week. The wickets are newly laid, so they were a bit slow. But he’s one of the best at making any wicket look easy. It’s exciting to see that he’s not having any problem in overcoming the shoulder injury but will also come back with the ability to throw the ball like he has in the past. So it’s all good news for everyone,” he said.advertisementSehwag’s right shoulder was operated upon in May after he injured it during the 2009 IPL and again during this year’s edition. He returned to the Indian team for the last two Tests against England, but missed the ODI series that followed. however, Simons is not predicting when Sehwag would stage a comeback to the national team.”I have no idea. He’s not going to rush. It’s in everyone’s interest that when he comes back he’s ready. The medical people can answer that best. But at the moment he’s being very, very closely monitored,” he said.Simons is more pleased about Pathan’s progress.”To be honest, I was amazed at the progress he made. It’s very difficult to change things in such a short space of time. It’s a testament to how talented Irfan is, to be able to do and achieve what he did, changing one or two aspects technically,” he said, referring to the bowling style of the left- arm pacer.Pathan, who has flummoxed batsmen with his banana swingers in the past, rediscovered his touch and control towards the end of the IPL in April- May.”By the end of the competition, he was bowling with decent pace and swinging the ball pretty late. He was troubling a lot of batsmen with the swing. He was taking wickets upfront time and again. The progress was tremendous in that period and probably above expectations, as he was under pressure in a competition,” said Simons.”The only disappointment is that once the competition was over he didn’t have time to bowl as there was not much cricket to be played. He is obviously now in a different situation; he’s fit, he’s stronger and is ready to go in the next season. And he will arrive at the 2012 IPL having played a lot of cricket, and that’s when we are going to see his real value.” Simons stressed that Pathan, 26, was never a tearaway bowler.”Everybody would love to be a 150kph swing bowler. But you don’t really get that. Glenn McGrath and Shaun Pollock were among the best bowlers in Test cricket and they didn’t bowl too fast; they bowled around 130kpm more often. They took what they had and were very successful in using that,” he pointed out.”That’s what Irfan has done successfully in the past and will do again in the future. He’s an incredibly talented cricketer. He’s got great skills; he’s thorough in his batting, his fielding and in many ways he’s a true allrounder.” Simons said that Pathan could be closer to staging a comeback.”You never know what might happen. One can only worry about what you can control.”last_img read more

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Live cricket scores and commentary: Ind vs Aus Live Blog

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the India vs Australia ODI match from the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Score | Stats | PhotosAustralia begin their series with a comfortable 65 runs win. The long rain delay did affect their focus, but Matthew Wade and David Hussey ensured that the effects were not long drawn and their superlative half-tons helped the hosts to a commanding 216 runs.Man of the Match Wade scored his maiden ODI 50, even as India bowlers struggled to contain the Aussies. Still Vinay Kumar did deliver a stand out performance finishing with fine figures of 7-0-21-3.However, the Aussies bowlers were far batter in their showing, not speak of Clint McKay who finished with 4.4-0-20-4. As for the famed Indian batting, it fell apart like a house of cards. The batsmen could only muster 151 before they were bowled out in the 30th over.India vs Australia 1st ODI of tri-series: India lose by 65 runsClarke: The guys playing the Australian domestic cricket were perfectly suited for the game. David Hussey did well in the Big Bash and he is continuing in the same vein.Matthew Wade: It’s a great feeling. Just happy to contribute.Mahendra Singh Dhoni: In the first 11 overs, they were 38 for 1 and once they came after the rain break, they really went after our bowlers. We didn’t get off to a very good start.India all out for 151 10:30pm: WICKET – 29.4 overs – Clint McKay to Praveen Kumar, out Caught by Ryan Harris!! Harris takes a stunner to finish things off and makes up for his earlier blemish, on the fuller side, Praveen Kumar lofts it in front of long on and Harris runs in swiftly to scoop it up inches above the ground and completes a resounding victory for Australia. Praveen Kumar c Ryan Harris b Clint McKay 15(17) (India all out for 151 in 29.4 overs)advertisement16:54 pm: Dropped! 28.6 overs – Starc to Praveen Kumar, 1 run, catch dropped by Ryan Harris. It was a tough one through. Harris spilled the ball on fall.  Last man Vinay Kumar steps in. There’s not much he can do. Besides he has already done enough with the ball, claiming three Aussies wickets10:20 pm: WICKET – and skipper Dhoni departs Doherty to Dhoni, out Caught by Warner!! Flat from Doherty and a flat hit from Dhoni too, struck quite powerfully too, Warner at long off makes it look very simple, watches it well near the boundary and takes a few paces back and times his jump to perction to snatch it above his head. Dhoni c Warner b Doherty 29(38) (India 128/9 in 25.2 overs)  Praveen Kumar comes into bat16:38 pm: WICKET – Doherty to Rahul Sharma, out Bowled!! Very bad shot from Rahul Sharma, a full toss and he misses it completely, flat and quick from Doherty, Rahul Sharma tries to force it on the offside but misses it completely, India slip further. Rahul Sharma b Doherty 1(2)  (India 123/8 in 23.5)Rahul Sharma comes into the crease16:30 pm: WICKET – Doherty to Ashwin, out Ashwin Run Out!!2 runs completed, Horrible judgement of the third run between the two, Ashwin had pushed a full toss square on the offside, Ashwin was not ready for the third run but goes for it as he sees Dhoni running, Christian throws at the right end and Ashwin was was caught way short. Ashwin run out (Christian/Doherty) 5(3) (India 120/7 in 23.1) Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease16:20 pm: WICKET – Clint McKay to Ravindra Jadeja, out Caught by Michael Hussey!! Excellent catch by Michael Hussey, banged in short by Clint McKay and Ravindra Jadeja does not hold back on the pull, gets a lot of height on it but not the distance, Hussey runs across from deep mid wicket, judges it to perfection and takes it tumbling to his right. Ravindra Jadeja c Michael Hussey b Clint McKay 19(25) (India 114/6 in 22.3)Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja (left-hand batsman) comes to the crease9:27 pm: WICKET – Christian to Raina, out Caught by David Hussey!! Raina is dismissed off a short ball again. It was just short of length outside off, Raina looks to pull it aggressively, but does not get enough bat on that. It actually came onto him a bit quickly. The ball lobs up towards midwicket where Hussey takes a good catch jogging to his right. 5 down now. Raina c David Hussey b Christian 4(9) (India 77/5 in 14.2 overs)Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni comes into bat.9:15 pm: WICKET – Clint McKay to Rohit Sharma, out Caught by Wade!! Sharma follows Kohli to the hut. Good length delivery on the off stump, Rohit Sharma thinks of leaving in, but leaves his bat outside, the ball kisses the outside edge. Wade takes a good, neat catch and that is the end of Sharma. Truth be told, he was looking very scratchy. Rohit Sharma c Wade b Clint McKay 21(21) (India 65/4 in 11.4 overs)   advertisementSuresh Raina steps in the middle9:12 pm: WICKET – Clint McKay to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Ponting!! Another sharp catch by Ponting. Short and wide outside off, Virat Kohli slaps it really hard towards point, Ponting was walking in and takes it right in front of his face. Kohli is in dismay, but he has to go. Virat Kohli c Ponting b Clint McKay 31(34) (India 64/3 in 11.2)Rohit Sharma comes into bat8:40 pm: WICKET – Starc to Gambhir, out Caught by Wade!! Gambhir is out in a similar fashion once again. Short of a length and outside off, it swung away from Gambhir, he poked at it and got a healthy outside edge. Wade had to jump up a bit to take it, that’s how good the bounce in this wicket is. Both the openers back in the hut. Gambhir c Wade b Starc 5 (8) (India 13/2 in 3.3 overs)Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Total Recall: Starc had got rid of the Master Blaster in the first innings of the Perth Test. Scorecard from the match 8:33 pm: WICKET – And Sachin walks, back. Did we forget to say that he is playing under pressure of scoring his 100th international ton. Let’s not expect too much from him. Starc to Tendulkar, out Caught by Ponting!! The little master is out. Good low catch by Ponting. Starc bowled it really wide outside off, Tendulkar leant forward to drive it, ended up creaming it. It was dropping in front of Ponting who was at point, he dived to his right and collected it cleanly. Tendulkar c Ponting b Starc 2(6) (India 9/1 in 1.5 overs)  8:20 pm: India openers Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar come out to bat. India have a huge task ahead and will need to score at around seven runs an over to overhaul the Aus total. This is a rain-truncated match and D/L method has been applied. Still the target remains the same for India – 217 in 32 overs Innings breakAustralia score 216/5 in 32 overs. David Hussey remains unbeaten on 61; Matthew Wade, the Aus opener was the other top-scorer of the day scoring 67.  7:51 pm: Ravinder Jadeja isn’t blostered by his $2 million buy out in the IPL. Rolls down a wide and then a no off the last ball of the final over (32 over) and the last legal ball is sent past the boundary for a six by David Hussey.7:50 pm: 31.4 overs Ravindra Jadeja to David Hussey, SIX, awesome way to get to his 7th ODI Fifty, full and flat ball on the stumps, David gets underneath it and clobbers it over the ropes at deep mid wicket.  Rohit dropped the catch, but it was a tough one. Made a good effort. advertisement7:45 pm: Dropped 30.4 overs – Praveen Kumar to David Hussey, 2 runs, catch dropped by Rohit Sharma, excellent effort though, another low full toss on leg stump, David makes room and chips it to deep mid wicket, Rohit runs forward and dives full length to his right, he latches onto it but as he falls to the ground, the ball pops out of his arms.That’s Vinay Kumar’s third. He certainly is charged up. Daniel Christian comes to the crease.7:20 pm: WICKET – Unfortunately, their partnership was short-lived (Husseys). Vinay Kumar to Michael Hussey, out Caught by Virat Kohli!! Vinay Kumar can do no wrong here. He starts from over the wicket and lands a short delivery on the middle and leg stump, not the best ball he has bowled today, Michael pulls it to deep backward square leg but he holes out to Kohli who takes a simple catch, lucky break this for India. Michael Hussey c Virat Kohli b Vinay Kumar 45(32) (Aus 154/5 in 26.1 overs)David Hussey comes to the crease. So the brothers are at the crease an they would be looking to set the park ablaze. 7:05 pm: WICKET – Rahul Sharma to Wade, out Bowled!! Rahul sends back the dangerous Wade. He bowls a quicker delivery but lands it on a short of length, skids through low as Wade looks to swat it over mid wicket, he gets an inside edge and the ball crashes into the off stump, ends a good knock from Wade. Wade b Rahul Sharma 67(69) (Aus 122/4 in 22.6)  6:50 pm: 19.4 overs – Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, flatter delivery on the middle and leg stump, Wade nudges it to mid wicket and he gets to his Fifty. That’s his maiden ODI 50.   Michael Hussey, left handed bat, comes to the crease6:35 pm: WICKET – Rohit Sharma to Michael Clarke, out Caught by Rahul Sharma!! Rahul makes amends for that misfield and the skipper departs. Rohit flights this delivery with a bit more air on the middle and leg stump, Clarke again charges down the track and swings it to deep mid wicket, he fails to achieve the elevation and he holes out to Rahul who takes the catch and falls backwards, good stuff this from India. Michael Clarke c Rahul Sharma b Rohit Sharma 10(21) (Aus 49/3 in 14.4)6:18 pm: Match resumes and and Virat Kohli takes to bowling.  Pending no more rain, the match will be 32 overs per side, with powerplays of 3 overs each. Start at 6:18 pm local, which is 12:48 pm IST.5:45 pm: Covers coming off again. Conditions actually looking brighter than they’ve been for quite a while.Ayaz Memon tweets: Not much improvement in the weather yet. Authorities are hopeful of completing match, but it could be reduced to below 30 overs a side. 5:10 pm: Oh ho! Just as the ground staff were getting ready to pull the covers off, it has started pouring again.5:05 pm: Covers coming off again. Turf looks fine, only minor puddles on turf from covers’ surface water.MCG tweets: Good thing is we have excellent drainage at the MCG. Once (if?!) rain stops/clears, shouldn’t take too long to prepare ground for play.4:35pm: More bad news. Another shower. Heavy covers return. There goes the 4.37 pm restart. Opps! For three minutes, pitch left uncovered.Play due to restart at 4.37pm (11:10 am IST), with match reduced to 46 overs per side. Powerplays will be affected too. 4:10 pm: Covers coming off. Rain stopped but still dark overhead.  3:10 pm: Covers come on as rain disrupts play at the MCG. Australia are 35/2 in 11 overs with captain Michael Clarke (5) and Matthew Wade (21) at the crease.Loud appeal there – 8.5 overs Praveen Kumar to Michael Clarke, no run, loud appeal for an LBW but the umpire is unmoved, PK is gutted, good length ball that cuts back in on the middle and leg stump, Clarke stays forward and pushes at it, gets an inside edge onto the back pad, hot spot shows the mark on the bat  Aus captain Michael Clarke steps in. So Vinay Kumar is all charge up following after his fetched a good price at the IPL. Vinay was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1 million…read on. And Vinay tweeted: Back to namma bangalore… Yeee :):) lookng forwrd 2 meet my team mets…. Its a great feelng 2 be part of RCB…  3:03 pm: WICKET – Okay another wicket by Vinay and this time he scalps Ponting. Vinay Kumar to Ponting, out Caught by Raina!! Vinay Kumar continues to shine. It looks like the million dollars are doing the trick for him. Short ball outside off, sits up nicely for Ponting to flay it through cover, but he is too early into the shot and he thumps it straight to Raina at short extra cover who takes a sharp catch with both hands. Ponting c Raina b Vinay Kumar 2 (12) (Aus 19/2 in 7.5)   Ricky Ponting steps in to bat. Warner hasn’t been in great form throughout the series. Except his big innings in Perth, he has looked ordinary. Warner is primarily a pitch-hitter for the Aussies.  2:19 pm: WICKET – Warner falls. Vinay Kumar to Warner, out Bowled!! Vinay Kumar has cleaned up Warner here. He stays round the wicket for Warner and he angles in a full ball on middle and off, cuts back in a touch as Warner looks to mow it over mid wicket, he misses and the ball crashes into middle stump. Warner b Vinay Kumar 6 (14) (Aus 15/1 in 5.1 overs)2:30 pm: Aussies openers David Warner and Matthew Wade come into bat even as the Indians gear up for a good day in Melborune.Indian opener Virender Sehwag has been rested from the match, while veteran Sachin Tendulkar has been included in the playing XI, so the count for his 100th international ton begins again.For Australia, wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade and all-rounder Dan Christian will make their ODI debuts. Their pace spearhead Brett Lee is out of the match and the tri-series, also featuring Sri Lanka, due to a broken foot. Lee picked up the injury during the second Twenty20 international against India on Friday.   1:50 pm: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wins the toss and elects to bowl in the first one-dayer of the commonwealth bank tri-series against Australia.Teams:Australia: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Matthew Wade, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, David Hussey, Dan Christian, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Rahul Sharma, R Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar.last_img read more

Book review of ‘Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography’ by Vaibhav Purandare

first_imgSachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography by Vaibhav Purandare”He had created chaos in class by holding a boy against a bench and beating him up…With his huge locks and strong body, he was a brattish, bullying creature.”This description of Sachin Tendulkar by a former classmate finds place in this book as,Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography by Vaibhav Purandare”He had created chaos in class by holding a boy against a bench and beating him up…With his huge locks and strong body, he was a brattish, bullying creature.”This description of Sachin Tendulkar by a former classmate finds place in this book as a clue to the prodigy’s later cricketing personality: the ferocious desire to dominate. With the batsman on the edge of yet another world record, this biography is as well-timed as one of his signature straight drives. Tendulkar is India’s greatest sporting hero and also its biggest enigma. Despite his iconic stature, his reticence and ducking of the media spotlight have allowed his cricketing exploits to obscure the man. Top 10 Best SellersClick here to EnlargeHis life off the pitch, the pressures of superstardom, his inglorious reign as captain, his relationship with teammates and the BCCI, the controversies and how they affect him, and the questions about his batting in recent times lie in the realm of speculation and gossip.Journalist Vaibhav Purandare has made an attempt to flesh out the man behind the mission. He succeeds, but only in part. The problem with writing a biography of Tendulkar is that his cricketing achievements are so overwhelming that all else pales in comparison.His fiercely guarded privacy makes it even more difficult to figure out the persona behind the public mask. This is, however, a well researched book that covers the career of India’s most celebrated sportsman in depth and detail, recreating some of his greatest innings. In the end, we may not be much the wiser in terms of understanding Tendulkar the man, but the book does succeed in proving that there is a price to be paid for greatness.advertisementlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s nomination to Rajya Sabha draws mixed reactions

first_imgEven before cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gets to play a new innings as a nominated Rajya Sabha member, there has been heartburn among some political parties.These Opposition parties feel that it was a political masterstroke by a beleaguered Congress.BJP leader from Maharashtra Gopinath Munde was not convinced by Tendulkar’s new role. He said the cricketer from Mumbai should have rather been awarded Bharat Ratna.”Instead of nominating master cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, the Union government should confer Bharat Ratna award on him,” Munde said.BJP’s ally Shiv Sena echoed Munde’s view.Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “There have been discussions and then some rules were also changed. Why is the government hesitating? They should give him Bharat Ratna first. We will welcome him in the Rajya Sabha.”Apparently, the Maharashtra-based party was more upset since the Marathi icon ought to have been decorated first by a regional party.At a public function in Aurangabad, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray even took a swipe at Tendulkar’s decision to become a Congress-sponsored MP.Answering a question Thackeray said cryptically that “Congress and Sachin know well what is going on between them”.Team Anna sees no role for Sachin in RSTeam Anna member Arvind Kejriwal saw it as a political ploy by the Congress. The anti-corruption activist tweeted: “Seems to be govt using sportsman to save their party.”Another Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said it would be best for sportsmen to stick to what they are doing. She also spoke to Headlines Today and explained what she expected of Tendulkar once he assumed his responsibilities as a Rajya Sabha member.advertisementBedi said the onus would be on him to be his own voice and not just tow the line of Congress, the party which nominated him.Twitterati on Sachin’s new inningsPopular opinion did not seem to be entirely in favour of Tendulkar’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha. There have been reactions from various personalities on micro-blogging site Twitter and it has been a mix bag.Senior journalist and writer Sucheta Dalal said the Congress has been giving out nomination as if they were distributing candies.However, not everyone was critical and cynical of the nomination. Actor Rahul Bose felt that it was an honour not just for Tendulkar, but also for the Upper House.Rajya Sabha member and liquor baron Vijay Mallya said he was delighted to hear the news and it was befitting an accomplished Indian like him.Cricket experts’ thumb downThe cricketing fraternity too had reservations over Tendulkar’s new role. Former player Sanjay Manjrekar and cricket expert Harsha Bhogle felt that Master Blaster should not have become an MP.Manjrekar, a former teammate of Tendulkar and now a cricket analyst, said he was shocked at the news because he could never have imagined this to be how Tendulkar wound down his career.”My only fear is that this man is not suited for the kind of role he is being given. Until now, I’ve seen no sign of that,” Manjrekar reacted.”Even when the contracts dispute was on, when a players’ association was being formed, it was Anil Kumble in the forefront,” he said.Bhogle had a similar opinion.”I don’t think it is the greatest idea. He doesn’t have the experience of governing or doing social work. People are trying to gain mileage out of Tendulkar,” he said.last_img read more

Veterans walk down memory lane as Parliament turns 60

first_imgIt is almost as old as independent India. But while the country has progressed by leaps and bounds, the Parliament seems to have lost its aura, thanks to the declining standards in the quality of debates, coupled with the histrionics of its members.As the Parliament gears up to mark its 60th anniversary at the Central Hall on Sunday, veteran Congress leader Virbhadra Singh jogged down memory lane as he recounted the journey of the House in the last six decades.The 78-year-old, who completed 50 years with the Congress this month, said: “During the time of Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri, there was a lot of decorum. Members strictly adhered to the rules and regulations. Nobody disobeyed the Speaker. Nobody rushed to the well. Placards and slogans were unheard of. Issues were raised in a peaceful and less noisy manner than they are today.”Expressing concern over the tendency to stall the House over trivial issues, Singh said the Question Hour has to be sacrosanct.”The government spends lakhs of rupees to prepare questions and answers by the ministers.It is a vital part of Parliament proceedings? that is where the members can hold the government accountable to the people,” said Singh, who became an MP for the first time in the third Lok Sabha (1962).Decrying the practice nowadays of storming the well of the House at the drop of a hat, Singh said some MPs were publicity hungry. “Their eyes are on the press gallery.”He also indirectly blamed the media for contributing to the decline. “The media should not report proceedings not allowed by the Speaker,” he said.The former Himachal Pradesh chief minister, who is now the cabinet minister of micro, small and medium enterprises, reminisced the times when he was a young MP.”Hard-hitting speeches were followed by equally hard-hitting responses. But at no time was there any resentment or mudslinging. I learned a lot as a young MP,” Singh said.Singh recalled how there would be pin-drop silence whenever former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar would stand up to speak.A 43-YEAR AFFAIR WITH PARLIAMENTFinance minister Pranab Mukherjee is perhaps the only politician respected across party lines. Born in 1935, Mukherjee was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1969 after a brief stint as an academician and journalist.Over the past three decades, he has been elected to the Rajya Sabha five times and twice to the Lok Sabha. Mukherjee has headed over 40 GoMs in the last eight years and held various portfolios such as industrial development and defence.A POLITICAL CAREER AS OLD AS INDEPENDENT INDIABJP stalwart and a veteran politician, L.K. Advani (84) needs no introduction. One of Parliament’s senior-most members, Advani’s affair with politics began at the age of 20 when he was elected the secretary of the RSS, Karachi, where he was born, in 1947.A former president of the BJP, he also served as the home minister and deputy Prime Minister from 2002 to 2004 and was the Leader of the Opposition in the 10th and 14th Lok Sabha.After the defeat of the Indira Gandhiled Congress in 1977, he was appointed the minister of information and broadcasting in then Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s cabinet. He has the distinction of getting elected to the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha four and six times respectively.advertisementlast_img read more

Viswanathan Anand rules out retirement from chess

first_imgHe has been the undisputed world champion for the past five years but Indian chess veteran Viswanathan Anand has no plans of calling it quits just yet as he says his morale is on a high after beating a “complicated” Boris Gelfand to notch up his fifth world title.”There are definitely no thoughts of retirement. In fact quite the opposite. (Winning a fifth world title) has been a huge boost to my morale. As long as I enjoy, I don’t see any reason to retire,” Anand told reporters during a felicitation function organised by his long-time sponsors NIIT here today.Anand defeated Israeli Boris Gelfand in the World Championship match a few days ago to successfully defend his world title.”I am still enjoying the game having just defended my title. Winning in Moscow meant a lot emotionally. It’s not only about records. It’s just that you hate losing and you love winning. I am looking forward to playing chess and winning tournaments,” Anand said.”For me, the number has been irrelevant. Every title defence is special. I simply want to enjoy playing chess.There is no checklist,” he added.The 42-year-old was hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin for tea after his triumph in Moscow. Recalling the meeting, Anand chuckled about Putin’s remark ‘So, we brought this on ourselves’ when the Indian told him how training at the Russian Culture Centre had helped his game.”Well we laughed because I thought it was a witty line.The meeting was almost half an hour. He is very knowledgeable about chess. He spoke about how chess is important in Russian culture. He was generally very gracious. I thought that was a quick one,” he recalled.advertisementAnand also gave a detailed account of his preparations leading up to the match and the turning points during it.”My training was from Jan 15 to April 15. This time my preparation was very intensive because I did not have a camp.Last year I was busy playing tournaments,” he said.”We worked very hard and developed some thoughts. I had several systems prepared with black and white. You always had to start with something new. I knew Gelfand since 1989 and always thought he was very professional and disciplined chess player.”Someone who had good understanding of the game. He is someone who embodies the best traditions of Soviet Union chess. I knew he would come up with some of the best preparation and he did,” he added.Anand said Gelfand was a tough nut to crack and had his own set of innovations.”Boris was a very complicated opponent. He managed to set all his dominant opening aside and come up with entirely new openings. I had to prepare for all the possible things he could do. He prepared very cleverly. We were continuously playing catch-up during the match,” Anand recalled.”With the white pieces, he managed to steer clear of our dangerous ideas. This reflected how seriously he was taking the match. It was only in game 11 and 12 that we were able to break out a bit,” he said.Anand also explained the turning points of the match.”Most of these big matches come down to one or two turning points. If you don’t know how to grab them when they come, that’s when the success or failure is decided,” he said.”In game seven, we managed to stumble on one area we had not worked as thoroughly as others. It was most difficult moment of the match, I didn’t sleep. I was all very disturbed.”At that point I could not tell myself that it was the turning point. But in game eight, I had done a lot of work on the main areas but we didn’t neglect other areas. I wasn’t completely without weapons at that time,” he added.Anand said a few changes here and there helped him take Gelfand by surprise.last_img read more

Korean peers come to Lariba’s aid

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games IOC Korea Representative and former 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Seung Min Ryu (second from left) and Korean Table Tennis Association officials pay visit to Philippine’s first ever Olympian table tennis player Ian Lariba. CONTRIBUTED PHOTORio De Janeiro Olympian Ian “Yanyan’” Lariba personally received words of encouragement from South Korean Olympic champion Ryu Seung-min before she goes through a high-risk bone marrow transplant.Ryu, the International Olympic Committee’s representative to South Korea, visited Lariba at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Monday and handed out the financial assistance from the members of the Korean national table tennis squad.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img Lariba, the first Filipino table netter to wear the national colors in the Olympics, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia five months ago and will go under knife on Saturday.“I’m here to support Lariba in her fight against her ailment. I couldn’t believe she’s sick, she smiled all the time,’’ said Ryu, who met Lariba during last year’s Rio Games with Lariba’s coach, Kwon Mi Sook.“I believe she will come back soon and play with us,’’ added the table tennis men’s singles gold medalistin the 2004 Athens Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingApart from the $3,000 donation of the Koreans, Philippine Table Tennis Federation president Ting Ledesma said the International Table Tennis Federation, the world governing body in the sport, has also committed $20,000 inn monetary aid.“This news is already known all over the world with table tennis enthusiasts from other countries helping her,’’ said Ledesma. “Ryu’s visit will boost Yanyan’s confidence for this Saturday’s bone marrow transplant.’’ “It’s very crucial, please keep praying for her. If the bone marrow transplant is successful, I’m sure she will come back again on the table tennis arena and proudly carry our flag again,’’ added Ledesma, who recently organized the Lariba Cup, a fund-raiser intended for Lariba.Ryu also donated a huge box of brand-new table tennis balls to the PTTF worth roughly $3,000 and gave Lariba a South Korean jersey with the signatures and messages from all the members of the Korean team.Ryu said the Korean team is open to a fund-raising activity where they would play an exhibition match against top Filipino table netters for Lariba’s benefit.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Kevin Ferrer hoping to return to action for Ginebra by Friday Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more