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  1. Last Thread? Then no more sports discussions?

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  2. West Indies smashing England again!

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  3. Legendary Australia cricketer Steve Waugh feels that India captain Virat Kohli has a very sound batting technique and that is what sets him apart from the rest. When asked about who he feels is the best batsman out of Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Virat Kohli, the Aussie World Cup winning skipper gave his vote to the Indian superstar.

    “I think Virat Kohli has got the best technique. If I told someone to model himself on a particular player I would say Kohli has got the perfect technique,” Waugh told ESPN Cricinfo.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/i-think-he-has-got-the-best-technique-steve-waugh-picks-the-world-s-best-batsman/story-Z6gGkXKn9xSdUMnyxycadM.html

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  4. Smriti Mandhana Tops Women’s ODI Batting Charts After Heroics vs New Zealand

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    Mithali Raj Becomes First Woman Cricketer To Play 200 ODIs

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    • She is very fluid but I think she needs more muscles to hit the ball out of park. Harmanpreet Kaur has smaller frame but she can hit ball with more ferocity.

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  5. Seeing a top team like England struggling in West Indies suggest that test cricket now favors the home country more and more.

    ps – Curran should come early.

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  7. Emiliano Sala: Body identified as Cardiff City footballer

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47166633

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  8. Rohit botched up another chase with his selfish batting making it impossible for likes of Pant, Pandyas to have a realistic chance at the total. Reminded one of Prabhakar and Mongia batting. Rohit should be investigated for match fixing involvement given his lack of intent to hit sixes when needed.

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    • 38 off 32 balls, majority of them in powerplay on a small ground with no sixes is really unforgivable.

      Rohit and Vijay did not deliver a single six in the powerplay on a smallish ground. Unforgivable!!

      Imagine Pant had batted in the powerplay, he would have torn into the opposition, made Rohit look like a faltoo batsman.

      What does the captain do? Have Vijay batting at #3 instead. India failed in both T20s where Vijay came at #3. When Pant came at #3, we won although the openers had already set the platform in that match.

      even Smriti Mandhana was able to hit sixes on that ground yesterday.

      Specially this is a ground in which even the women (example Smrithi Mandhana) are capable of hitting big shots, Rohit only had 3 boundaries with zero sixes.

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  9. Star Sports taking the pi$$ out of Paine’ s babysitting comments on Rishabh Pant

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  10. Aleem Dar umpiring is suspect in SA – SL.

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    • Munna, how do you find the time to watch all cricket?

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      • Any competitive sports take precedence over TV/movie 🙂 Moreover it gels with less productive office work at night.
        Who would miss Rabada/Steyn bowling 145 🙂

        I was debating, to watch The Invisible guest or second day of SA-SL..

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        • Wow. Tbh even I was watching sports last night. Watching Tottenham beat Dortmund 3-0 which has left me smiling today!

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        • Love seeing the pacers dominate in cricket. That’s why Test is the Best over white ball hit and giggle IPL stuff. Anyways, teams have reviews available to use only when absolutely sure.

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          • Well agree. Cricket is at it’s best when bowlers are genuinely world class and batsmen therefore have to play out of their skin to stay in and score runs.

            Smaller grounds and hitting 6’s for fun is counter productive – it would be like making the goal bigger in football to the point you need 2 goalkeepers to make it fair.

            The West Indies return to form is a great story for cricket. Fast bowlers from WI is one of the hallmarks of cricket history.

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          • Jason Holder too has led well with bat and ball. One of the few genuine seam all rounders right now

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          • Windies is not even a country. Imagine if European Union played Brazil in FIFA World Cup matches.

            Jay and others, what is the impact of Brexit on an Indian immigrant in England?

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          • I imagine negative impact.

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          • Did anyone catch Kusal Perara heist at Durban? The so called best attack in the world has egg on their face against SL bruised and battered in Australia.

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          • Kusal Perara, what a knock. Shocked the Saffies in their backyard

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          • That’s an epic knock by the scorecard.

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          • Kusal’s knock was audacious and to be remembered for long time..especially against Steyn, Rabada, Olivier…Last wicket 78 run partnership..he hit many sixes..

            ps – I slept around 185/5 and was smelling victory with Silva playing well..After seeing the highlight I appreciated Kusal innings more..

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  11. Provocative title but I think he makes some very valuable points (which in turn, and by analogy, apply to cricket even more!):

    http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/25973071/tennis-roger-federer-goat-rafael-nadal-novak-djokovic

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    • Interesting. A level playing field(literally and otherwise) has emerged over the years. The GOATS can also be determined with reference to behaviour patterns on and off the field, charisma and other attributes by fans besides the banal number of wins. The discussions will go on just like our bo records like footfalls and collections.

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    • Always an interesting debate to be had. I think there is a subtle difference between words in these debates. ‘Greatest’ and ‘best’ are different terms. Djokovic is heading towards being a superior tennis player to Federer but I’d consider the latter to be greater as Sanjana suggests there is more to being a GOAT.

      Also for Federer so many changes like the Wimbledon courts and hardcourts have become more rally friendly that kind of plays into Nadal and Djokovic’s game rather than Federer plus on clay Federer will probably rank in top 5 ever anyway despite just 1 French Open win by virtue of being close to Nadal in an era when Nadal just wiped the floor with everyone on clay.

      Pretty sure Djokovic will overhaul Federer’s 20 and maybe Nadal will equal it too. But Federer embodies that magic, pressure ala titans like Messi and Tendulkar which kind of keeps his name etched in the greatest club. Purists will definitely prefer him.

      It’s like Guardiola will be preferred to any manager in last 30 years despite others winning more. But the impact of Guardiola on the sport and how things have changed, how he’s changed the sport etc is bigger than Ferguson, Mourinho or Lippi or whomever.

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  12. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/47244017

    Very interesting story on gender and Caster Semenya.

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    • https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/47251568

      I really don’t understand why the gender test was not made public. Such a curious case. I don’t know where I stand on it without all the information. I guess if she is a man she shouldn’t race in womens races period. But if she’s a woman who has some rare phenomenal testosterone levels let her race. Is it not black and white or am I missing something?

      Surely the integrity of the sport is of utmost importance. If she’s a man it’s cheating, means any man can claim to be female and just win events all day long. But again if she’s female god damn it leave her alone.

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  13. Legendary Danish shuttler Morten Frost feels India should be proud of producing top badminton stars in the current generation and felt that the breakthrough for that came through Parupalli Kashyap and Saina Nehwal.

    “The big breakthrough in Indian men’s singles was through Kashyap. He was the first one to make himself noticed. Saina Nehwal came as well in women’s singles and [they] became good role models and that had a great influence on what happened in last 10 years,” he said.

    https://scroll.in/field/913603/p-kashyap-saina-nehwal-had-a-great-influence-on-indian-badminton-says-former-world-no-1-frost

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  14. Gayle storm in Barbados!

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  15. Kudos to Sri Lanka for becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa. They whitewashed Saffies in SA 2-0. SL won both matches chasing in 4th innings after conceding a lead in the frist innings. A point I have made of India’s abject surrender in 4th innings of a Test match before link below. I hope Ravi and Virat are taking notes. https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/the-sports-thread-3/#comment-483532

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  16. Messi is unbelievable – today a hattrick of highest class. One volley, one curling effort from outside box, one dink over keeper, finally an assist for Suarez. 650 career goals reached, 50 hattricks and 33 goals in 32 matches this season. Simply unstoppable machine…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47336146

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    • He was very good in match with Sevilla..He missed 2-3 by small margin..

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      • The story of yesterday was Kepa, the Chelsea goalkeeper who refused to be substituted 1 minute before a penalty shootout in the cup final vs Manchester City.

        Check this out…bizarre and very unprofessional!

        Sarri the manager went BALLISTIC!

        More on it here…

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47352352

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        • This is not acceptable.

          He (Goal keeper) should be suspended without pay for some games.

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          • Player will hardly get any punishment. Expect the manager to get sacked this week for different reasons to this episode. He’s not been respected here but he was on the brink before the match.

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  17. Some dead pitches..one in India and another in WI vs England..

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  18. sanjana Says:

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  19. why is rohit sharma still in A+ contract bracket. Virat and Bumrah are deserving, but not Rohit. He is a mediocre Test batsman while above average in ODI/T20.

    Shami may be more deserving of A+ contracts along with Bhuvi.

    Unfair to downgrade Bhuvi since he is no longer in scheme of things for Tests. Last Test he played at Joburg, he won India the Test with all round show of 63 runs with bat and 4/83 match figures for the two innings. He was deservingly named Man of the Match.

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  20. Livewire Says:

    Quick thinking and street smart as always!

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  21. Zidane returns to manage Real Madrid. Bizarre sequence of events. From resigning, to Madrid taking Spain national manager on eve of World Cup (him getting sacked by Spain), to him getting sacked by Madrid after few months. Then ex player manages, gets sacked and back to Zidane. Zidane must be on a massive contract and promised a lot…probably 2-3 big players in summer.

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  22. neymar or mbappe on d card

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  23. Resurgent Australia showed they can be hard team to beat.

    Rohit has been tentative for long time. There is a big hole in middle order. Dhoni can stabilize but you need finisher who can score at 200%.

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    • Not impressive scores by India. Probably still need Dhoni in the side also for his tactical ability.

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      • Obviously Dhoni cannot bat at 100% strike rate..He comes settles down and score..typically he ends up ine 70-90%.

        I think he still very good behind the stumps, DRS and directions to bowler and fielders.

        Jadeja may not bat but he balls efficiently..10over -40s…and 5-10 runs saved in fielding…

        Indian ground fielding has been below par in the series.

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      • Also, pick any series (starting from South Africa)..Kuldeep starts with bang in first couple of matches and then slowly batsmen figure him out..

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  24. Final 8 champions league
    England-Machchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs
    Spain-Barcelona
    Italy-Juventus
    Holland-Ajax
    Portugal-Porto

    Out- Madrid *2, PSG, Bayern Munich, Roma, Dortmund – remarkable…

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  25. Livewire Says:

    Nice banter there –

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  26. Livewire Says:

    Meanwhile this is what I got on my twitter feed few days ago.An alternate perspective which was scoffed at has now become a reality. Time is the best teacher and teaches us to accept that nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know…..

    MSD and now Kohli have given India its rightful place in cricketing world and shown personal milestone don’t mean much……….during 4th ODI with Khawaja and Handcomb in their 80s Mr.Sanjay Manjrekar ” Now both the batsmen must be looking at their hundreds and the scoring rate will slow down.” Just shows the thinking of most of the Indian cricketers where personal milestones came first even with some of the best. The Australian commentator of course contradicted him immediately.

    In fact Handscomb didn’t slow down, and Khwaja got out in his nineties going for runs….

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    • When a batsman of this era bats against likes of Waqar, Akram, McGrath and co plus relative adjustments made for cricket rules we can have a discussion. Right now its like comparing the net collection of Uri with Gadar. We know the latter is a blockbuster of all time, the former accounting for many things is not fair to consider better. Carry on, throw all stats but the biggest problem is bowling is not in same league as 20 years ago nor bowling conditions or batting conditions.

      Batsman are privileged today like a box office comparing exercise to films 20 years ago – you need to account for tax changes, inflation and God knows what else – otherwise its a comparison for stupid people.

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      • Isn’t it hypocritical to praise the Aussie way of doing things yet posting a tweet about the very things you don’t like – STATS and PERSONAL MILESTONES!

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    • Stats need to be used in context:

      Mohammad Azharuddin’s decision to make Sachin Tendulkar open in ODIs – because Navjot Sidhu, the regular opener, had a stiff neck – proved a turning point in Tendulkar’s career, and India’s ODI history. In his first match opening, in Auckland, Tendulkar blazed 82 off 49 balls. In 344 matches as an opener, he made 15,310 runs at 48.29 (and 45 of his 49 ODI hundreds) as compared to 3116 at 33 from 119 matches in which he batted lower down.

      http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/149893.html

      In same token, I consider Dhoni and Bevan as beast because they bat so lower that there are not enough balls to play.

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      • Livewire Says:

        I don’t get much time to go deep in stats as blogs/twitter/ clips continue to be my means for a breather at work to get mind off some of the stress.

        This opening slot thing had lingered my mind when I was an active follower of cricket and how it had benefited Tendulkar with his risky aerial shots where even players like Gilchrist, Saeed Anwar were making hay.There were many players who could open the innings and team required someone with sounder batting technique to bat at no 3 or 4 but he complained to the higher up and got his favorite spot back.

        The meanness to occupy a slot stuck me and I never got on board with Tendulkar again. There is a certain amount of dynamism required for a public figure to stand out in my eyes. This where Gavaskar too lost favor and was accused for during the Kapil Dev era…..which I had gotten over due to savviness of Gavaskar while commentating but found him “short” once again very recently for not joining and celebrating the ’83 World Cup winning side on The Kapil Sharma show. He only joined via an airlink from Goa which is just a few hours away from Mumbai where the shoot took place and he could have easily been with his team members esp so since this is the first time they were assembling together. Same with Ravi Shastri who chose to stay out…

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  27. Livewire Says:

    I do agree modern cricket has taken the sting is out from the bowlers and gone are the days of hostility but this has been the case for a good 25 years where batsmen have dominated with shorter boundaries, quality of bats, better guards, and new techniques plus restrictions on field placement.

    Notwithstanding the stats listed Kohli’s sheer consistency & mind boggling track record while chasing in a winning cause is beyond any comparison. Though aided by MSD’s expertise even as a Captain, Kohli’s record is truly phenomenal. He is setting the bar at an unprecedented level.

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    • Dude – take the top 10 bowlers today and compare them to 25 years ago. Standards are woeful. BUT you can only beat what is in front of you so Kohli isn’t at fault. He’s phenomenal and undoubtedly he’ll thrash ODI records but no bowlers exclusive to a non Tendulkar era is going to stack up against some 10 bowlers from back then. Account for smaller grounds, transformation of T20 and bowling rule changes – you’ve got a cocktail of reasons why batting averages for many batsmen today are better than Tendulkar’s. 26 players averages more than Tendulkar’s, only Greenidge, Richards played before Tendulkar’s debut! Everyone else, some 24 players average more than Tendulkar – so by your logic (which is pretty dumbed down) they are all better!

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      • The only ‘active’ bowlers with an average better than McGrath is Starc unless you want to count 2 Afghan bowlers and 1 Bangladeshi. And McGrath himself is 23rd on the list only beaten by bowlers before him or IF after him they are Afghan or Bangladeshi!

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        • Of the 72 HIGHEST wicket takers EVER, only 5 are active bowlers – Malinga, Steyn, Jadeja, Perera and Tahir. Tendulkar’s faced 4 of them! Can’t face Jadeja! He’s probably faced all 72 bowlers!

          Conversely ONLY 19 of the top 82 batsmen all time run scorers debuted before Tendulkar.

          It’s a meaningful debate only if context is added.

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      • Livewire Says:

        Cricket has been evolving since ages and these adjustments were never calibrated while celebrating the ‘God of Cricket’. I am from the school of thought where a Viv Richards will remain the greatest ever just by sheer dominance and attitude. I have written so much earlier tt adulation for Tendulkar never matched the performance of Indian side and desired results never achieved in line of the greatness talk which MSD and now Kohli have brought that to the forefront. Now Indian games / run-chases are in line with what Aussies (regularly) or Pakis in their peak were doing with Imran or Miandad.

        Just batting at a different order brought so much heartaches and the tiff with Azhar is on record when Tendulkar was asked to bat down the order per needs of the team and he got upset and only wanted to open the innings where his airy style of shotmaking took advantage of the field restrictions introduced in the initial 10/15 overs. Records/ milestones are secondary and Indian never learnt winning matches the way they do now and dominate on the field.

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        • Reason is Tendulkar’s tenure coincided with the popularity of the sport. Not Richards who is synonymous with Test cricket more. So naturally it’s inevitable.

          And no one will debate against Richards or Kohli as long as it’s a level playing field. Some random tweets are easily hit for 6 by just comprehending cricinfo stats. Or just using logic.

          Is Salman bigger than Big B? YES because Tere Naam net collection was bigger than Sholay! Thats the ridiculous logic at work here!

          India didn’t win as much as before but that’s more credit to today’s bowlers more than anything else!

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  28. Watched the match. The last overs felt like A Quiet Place. Eerie silence. The stadium was half empty. And then blame game started on social media. Come on, its only a game. Not war.

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  29. IdeaUnique Says:

    Virat is a monster. I wont be surprised if he is known as even greater than Bradman when he retires. He is already far ahead of sachin in terms of statistics

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    • Bradman is a different matter. Kohli’s test stats are not amazing to be seen like this.

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      • Whatever the argument, Virat Kohli is the man of the present times just like Akshay Kumar. People dont go by wise judgment but go by what is in front of them.

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  31. Champions League Quarter Finals draw:

    Juventus v Ajax
    Man. City v Spurs
    Liverpool v Porto
    Man. Utd v Barcelona

    My bet would be on Juventus, Man. City, Liverpool and Barcelona to make it to the semis.

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    • Yes. That would be my final 4. Annoying (as a Spurs fan) – we have not had a good draw.

      Last year – Madrid and Dortmund in groups, top the group and DRAW Juventus
      This year – Barcelona, inter Milan and PSV – probably toughest group. Get through and get Dortmund and now the favourites!

      Fa cup last 2 semi finals draw Chelsea and Manchester United
      League Cup get Chelsea in semi where Manchester city get Burton Albion whom they thrash like 10-0!

      Luck is terrible!

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  32. It is still going to be a tight affair, I guess. Pochetino’s Spurs are very athletic and a lot of their game is based on endurance. City are favourites and have the potential to win the competition but they have some tough fixtures around this tie.

    In a spell of 19 days, City play Spurs 3 times (league and CL), Manchester Utd, Burnley and Crystal Palace away. Spurs are on a 21 days break right now before they face Liverpool at the end of the month. Freshness may prove to be key.

    Of the 4 quarter finals, I feel this may be the closest one, even if City remain favourites.

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    • Juventus and Liverpool should ease through. Manchester United have a chance but I’d expect Barcelona to blow them away in one match. Likewise I can’t see Spurs hanging with Manchester City for 180 minutes. That league game will be important as well in deciding the title and top 4 places. The curve ball is Spurs in a new stadium and if that’s a plus or minus. I think City have too much choice and will probably hammer Spurs in one match.

      My favourite teams all there; spurs, Barcelona and Juventus in that order but now as Ronaldo plays for Juventus my likeness is lower. I was a huge fan of 90’s Juventus with Del Piero and co.

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  33. Juventus and Liverpool should qualify. Barcelona will most probably be in the semis as well. Utd have improved a lot under Solskjaer and showed great character against PSG but they really rode their luck as well. I don’t think it is going to be enough against Barcelona.

    During the last few fixtures, City have beaten Spurs comfortably. But City are playing on several fronts, so there may be an upset somewhere especially if there is lack of fresh legs. Right now, it looks like City but of all the ties this looks like the closest one.

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  34. Yesterday all three goals against Real Betis by Messi were just beautiful.

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  35. Livewire Says:

    Dhoni’s following – massive numbers even while he is practicing

    Dhoni की ऐसी दीवानगी देखी नहीं कभी IPL 2019 CSK Vs RCB Match Preview HIGH

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  36. Virat Kohli Responds To Gautam Gambhir’s “Lucky To Survive” Jibe
    Updated: 22 March 2019 22:27 IST

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/virat-kohli-responds-to-gautam-gambhirs-lucky-to-survive-jibe-2011489?pfrom=home-lateststories

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  37. This is a good reply from Kohli to an unwarranted jibe from Gambhir.

    – “If I think like people from outside, I can’t even sustain five games. I would be sitting at home,” Kohli said.”

    Meanwhile Willow had been advertising like crazy for IPL 2019 but like all previous years Sling TV once again shows a blank…..No access to IPL except espncrinco….any suggestions from US residents…..

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    • HotStar
      Take monthly and cancel it after you have seen..if you cancel they will send coupon for cheaper version.

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    • I think it is a decent criticism from someone who has won it couple of times and RCB record with Kohli at helm.

      People will be clamoring for his head if he doesn’t go to Semis in World Cup.

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  38. Thank you for the prompt and out of the box suggestion for cancellation.

    Hope Sling / Willow does not blank out the World Cup 2019 in that case will keep HotStar a tad longer…….

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  39. “For the life of me, I can’t understand why [the press] questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the non-striker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the non-striker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage.”

    https://www.scoopwhoop.com/mankading-crickets-most-controversial-dismissal-method/#.l9azqesfg

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  40. A day after the incident, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla took to Twitter and said that it had been decided in one of the meetings between Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni that the non-striker will never be run out even if there’s an opportunity for the bowlers.

    “If I remember in one of the meetings of captains & match referee where I was also present as chairman it had been decided that if non striking batsman steps out bowler as a courtesy will not run him out.

    It sparked a huge uproar and divided the cricketing world. While Ashwin maintained that he had acted according to the laws of the game, former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne slammed the offie for this disgraceful act.

    Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ashwin said of the incident: “Look, it was very instinctive. On my part, it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally if it’s there in the rules it’s there.”

    Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that only cricketing skills should be used on the pitch to dismiss batsmen and that gives out the correct message to those watching and learning.

    “The match officials have failed in their duty with the handling of this issue. Buttler ought to have been adjudged not out if the laws were applied squarely to the situation. Ashwin also must understand that laws and the spirit of the game both have to be kept in mind.

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  41. IdeaUnique Says:

    what a shame! that last ball was a BIG no ball from Malinga….all that DRS tech. was of no use…..

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  42. Superover and super match!

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  43. Rabada. Yorker. 148 KM.

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    • that was a beauty…There is small area in which you can bowl to Russell otherwise you would be dispatched for six.

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  44. Kagiso Rabada’s yorker to Andre Russell will be Ball of the IPL: Sourav Ganguly
    With just 11 to get for a Super Over win, Kolkata Knight Riders sent in the rampaging Andre Russell but Kagiso Rabada, though under pressure, produced a fast inswinging yorker that castled the Jamaican.

    “Kagiso Rabada’s Super Over and the ball that he bowled to Andre Russell is probably going to be the ball of the IPL. To bowl that kind of a delivery to Andre Russell, who is probably in the form of his life, is unbelievable,” Ganguly told IPLT20.com.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/kagiso-rabada-s-yorker-to-andre-russell-will-be-ball-of-the-ipl-sourav-ganguly/story-CYqsHdg8c4xcM3oWRdwAcM.html

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  45. Dhoni rocked. But the total is not that great. There is too much yellow allover!

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  47. IdeaUnique Says:

    Dre Russ is not a human being. Period. RCB is the worst bowling and fielding side. Dropped 12 catches! and what poor bowling! feeling bad for Virat now…..

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  48. Livewire Says:

    Interesting match! Santa Claws – The new hero! Roar Whistles! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #RRvCSK 🦁

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  49. Livewire Says:

    Spell check ‘Claus’ ! Blame the Chennai Super King IT cell for ‘claws’

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  50. Atlast RCB opened its (w)innings! Thank god!

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  51. Livewire Says:

    NYIslanders winning game 3 to make 3-0 in the play off in style and the greatest sporting turnaround in Tiger Woods. Sunday well spent!!!

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  53. TIGER ROARS AGAIN! WHAT A SPORTING MOMENT FOR THE AGES!

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    • Absolutely!

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    • I must confess, I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes. Heroic stuff…

      CBS must be on cloud nine. They just had an awesome March Madness and now this.

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      • This surpasses any comeback story ever surely. I don’t know the history of all sports but given the technical skills required for golf and the shame on Woods plus he was already on 14 majors at what 33 years old. To comeback after devastating injuries and win the biggest prestige major – no one could write this better. The recent spurt of racist scandals hurting football all of Europe – Tiger Woods is the most popular living black sportsman and is probably gunning for more glory I hope. Glad it happened, he came close last year but here at least 10 guys were in the mix late on and he cranked up a gear which spells trouble for everyone now.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/47929815
        The SPORTING WORLD in unison with this moment.

        We have 2 of our 3 Gillette Mens razors sportsmen giving comebacks in Federer and Woods. Thierry Henry is too old and lasted a few matches as Monaco manager! Still Messi does these adverts!

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  54. I think Handscomb should have been in squad instead of Smith…Warner is in good form..Smith still looks rusty. Handscomb has been decent with good outfielder.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26526151/smith-warner-make-world-cup-return-handscomb-hazlewood-out

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  55. Would’ve preferred Pant instead of DK and another pacer instead of Jadeja. Good to see Shankar ahead of Rayudu. The rest of the squad pretty much selects itself.

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  56. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/47933381

    The Tiger Woods rollercoaster ride!

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    • Don’t know much about Golf but Robert Kubica returning to F1 after he practically lost his left arm (he has limited movement in it) is quite astounding as well.

      He hasn’t done too well since his return but it’s a fairy-tale story, nonetheless.

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  57. Tiger’s Masters win & comeback showcased his unique ability to unite the country | GOLF | THE HERD

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  58. April 2018 – Nice commentary

    “Tiger Woods is without question the most powerful and influential athlete of my time. Michael Jordan is not only 2nd, if it was a golf tournament, he’d be 15 strokes off the lead. ” — Colin Cowherd

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  60. India coach Ravi Shastri has reopened the debate about the highly contentious number 4 slot in the Indian team as he said that apart from the top 3, every other position in the Indian team’s playing XI for the World Cup remains flexible. The comment comes just days after chief selector MSK Prasad stated that Vijay Shankar is being considered for the number 4 slot, after announcing the 15-member squad.

    “Total flexibility (on No.4 position) depending on conditions, opposition. I would say the top three… but after that you can be very flexible,” Ravi Shastri was quoted as saying by Sport360.

    The comment comes in at a time when the selection of Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu has caused a lot of debate. Rayudu himself made a cryptic comment on Twitter, which was a dig at the chief selector’s statement that Shankar was a ‘three-dimensional’ player.

    ALSO READ: BCCI reacts after Rayudu’s sarcastic tweet post selection snub

    The Hyderabadi, who was ignored in favour of all-rounder Vijay Shankar, Tuesday created a frenzy by tweeting that he plans to buy 3D glasses to watch the showpiece which begins May 30 in the UK.

    The 3D reference came a day after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited Shankar’s “three-dimensional qualities” to justify his selection. The BCCI brass has taken a note but since it wasn’t a direct criticism of the selection policy, the parent body wants to let it go.

    “We have taken note of what Rayudu has tweeted. (But) Let’s accept that emotions are running high at this moment. There is bound to be disappointment and there needs to be an outlet of expression as long as it’s not out of line,” a senior BCCI said on Wednesday.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/icc-world-cup-2019-ravi-shastri-reopens-number-4-debate-with-flexible-comment/story-1GUnWUEOAlSTzqGgCFdN1J.html

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  61. SPURS! You’ve made my day!

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