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The Plan was to bowl as many dot balls as possible: Khan

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New Delhi: Mayank Markande’s four-wicket heroics went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians in a last-over thriller to notch up their second win on the trot in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The stars of the day for Hyderabad were opener Shikhar Dhawan and Deepak Hooda who scored 45 and 32, respectively. But the credit must be given to the bowlers who restricted the opposition to just 147 runs a good Uppal wicket.

In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan did really well to put brakes on the Mumbai batting, and the leggie returned with figures of 1/13 in his four overs. That also earned him Man-of-the-Match award.

 

Speaking after the match Rashid said, “It was a good performance to restrict them to under 150. It was a good bowling effort, all the boys bowled really well. Dot balls are crucial in such a short format. That was the plan to bowl as many dot balls as possible. That was the message from the management to go and enjoy yourself – that’s what I did. I just try my best to bowl in good length areas and mix it up for the batsmen. As he’s in his stance, I can see where he’s trying to hit.”

An aggressive side of Rashid was also at display as he did not mind exchanging a few words with the gigantic Keiron Pollard.

To this he said, “We are always having fun when (we) are there in the centre. Against Pollard I did (that) in the Big Bash (League) as well so… we (would) have some good conversation which makes the game more entertaining.

People would watch it and get fun from that. That was the plan, to go against him very aggressively and try to (get) him to make some mistake and get his wicket because his wicket was very crucial that time. He is a kind of player who can take the game away from you at any stage.”


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Was nervous, will perform well in next match: Rasikh Salam

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Srinagar: 17 year old Kashmiri cricketer Rasikh Salam who made his IPL debut yesterday has said that he will perform well in the next match and that he was nervous.

Taking to his Twitter handle the Kulgam speedster said that he was nervous while playing his first match for the cash rich league.

“I was nervous,and in sha Allah will perform good in next match,” he tweeted.

 

Salam made his debut, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) wearing the jersey of Mumbai Indians, against Delhi Capitals.

While Salam conceded 42 runs of his four overs in last night’s match, his bowling was praised by cricket pundits

Salam was picked by the dugout of Mumbai Indians in recent auctions for IPL 2019. He is the second Kashmiri to play in IPL, after off-spinner Parvez Rasool, who went on to play for Indian National Team as well.

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Women’s football team better than men’s, says Chhetri

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New Delhi: The FIFA ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women’s team is better than the men’s side. The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries, after being in the top-100 last year. The women’s side is currently 62nd out of 152 nations.

Chhetri, the poster boy of Indian football with second-most goals among active international players, praised the national women’s team for its fifth consecutive SAFF title win. “Extremely proud of all of you. I have always maintained that the women’s team is much better than the men,” Chhetri said.

The women’s team will feature in Round 2 of the Olympics qualifiers, which kick off in Mandalay in Myanmar on April 3.

 
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I will be first one to hang my boots when time comes: Yuvraj on retirement

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Mumbai: Yuvraj Singh’s cricketing future has been a topic of discussion for some years now but the player said he would be the first one to bid adieu when he felt that his time is up.

Out of national team’s scheme of things for good, Yuvraj has had a poor track record in the IPL but started on a bright note with a half-century for his latest franchise Mumbai Indians.

“When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang my boots,” Yuvraj told the media after MI’s 37-run defeat against Delhi Capitals in the IPL opener.

 

However, India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup hero did admit that at times he felt indecisive about carrying on.

“The last two years, have been up and down (for me). And I could not decide on what to do,” said the 37-year-old.

Yuvraj said when on introspection, he found that he is still enjoying the game just as he did as an U-16 cricketer not thinking about national team selection.

“The main thing for me was why I played the game when I started off. I played the game because I enjoyed playing cricket. When I enjoyed playing cricket, I was not playing for India. I was playing for U-14s and U-16s. So till the time, I enjoy playing cricket, I am going to play.”

The veteran left-hander spoke to Sachin Tendulkar, who could relate with his situation as to how he felt when he was at the business end of his career.

“I have been speaking to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through that time when he was 37-38-39 (and how he felt). Talking to him makes things easier for me. And I am just playing because I enjoy playing cricket pretty much,” he signed off.

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