Sports – पोलीसनामा (Policenama) https://policenama.com/english सचोटी आणि निर्भीड Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:38:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 160215077 Rankireddy-Ponnappa upset World No. 7 pair at China Open https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/rankireddy-ponnappa-upset-world-no-7-pair-at-china-open/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/rankireddy-ponnappa-upset-world-no-7-pair-at-china-open/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:38:41 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13228

Changzhou (China), Policenama Online – Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa made an emphatic start to their campaign at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament by defeating World No. 7 Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavienti in the first round of the mixed doubles event in Changhou on […]

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Changzhou (China), Policenama Online – Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa made an emphatic start to their campaign at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament by defeating World No. 7 Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavienti in the first round of the mixed doubles event in Changhou on Tuesday.

The Indian duo defeated the sixth-seeded pair 22-20, 17-21, 21-17 in a thrilling opening round clash that lasted for more than 50 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.
The Indian pair was trailing 12-18 in the first game and looked on course for an exit from the competition. However, they made a remarkable comeback to win the opening game 22-20.

The Indonesian duo came back strongly in the second game as they showed their masterclass and took the match in the final game where they eventually lost and bowed out of the tournament.
Rankireddy will later in the day play his men’s doubles match alongside Chirag Shetty against Canada’s Nyl Yakura and Jason Anthony Ho-Shue.

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Misbah bans biryani, sweets for Pak cricketers https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/misbah-bans-biryani-sweets-for-pak-cricketers/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/misbah-bans-biryani-sweets-for-pak-cricketers/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:23:30 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13220

Lahore, Policenama Online – Remember the video of a Pakistani fan who had accused Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men of eating “pizza and burger” ahead of the much-anticipated World Cup clash against India which they lost by a huge margin at the Old Trafford on June 16? Seems, newly appointed head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has taken a note of […]

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Lahore, Policenama Online – Remember the video of a Pakistani fan who had accused Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men of eating “pizza and burger” ahead of the much-anticipated World Cup clash against India which they lost by a huge margin at the Old Trafford on June 16?

Seems, newly appointed head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has taken a note of the deteriorating fitness standards of the players and thus, has, come out with a new directive which will help them become more agile and fit on the ground.

Reportedly, Misbah has asked for a change in diet for the players in the national camp and the domestic tournament to instil a new fitness culture in the team. In his order, the 43-year-old has said that players will not be having biryani or oil-rich red meat meals or sweet dishes.

“According to reports Misbah-ul-Haq has changed the diet and nutrition plans for players in the domestic tournaments and in the national camp – no more biryani or oil rich red meat meals or sweet dishes for the players now,” tweeted Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq.

Misbah was recently handed the dual role of the head coach and chief selector by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Waqar Younis has been appointed as the bowling coach of the team for the next three years.

The first assignment of Misbah-Waqar combination will be the upcoming three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from September 27 to October 9.

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India’s goalless draw against Qatar raises hopes https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/indias-goalless-draw-against-qatar-raises-hopes/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/indias-goalless-draw-against-qatar-raises-hopes/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:50:27 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13202 Sunil-Chhetri
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Kolkata,Policenama Online –The least fans expected was a narrow-margin defeat, and that would have been progress in the right direction for Indian football, when they came up against reigning Asian champions Qatar in a Group E second round World Cup qualifier on September 10. Instead, what transpired in the 90 minutes at the Jassim bin […]

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Kolkata,Policenama Online –The least fans expected was a narrow-margin defeat, and that would have been progress in the right direction for Indian football, when they came up against reigning Asian champions Qatar in a Group E second round World Cup qualifier on September 10.

Instead, what transpired in the 90 minutes at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha last Tuesday saw Sunil Chhetri lose his voice at the team hotel, Xavi Hernandez chew his nails in nervous tension and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu type endless “thank you” messages on his phone.

India, ranked 103rd in the world, held 62nd-ranked Qatar to a goalless draw to earn their first point of the group after they had narrowly succumbed to a 1-2 defeat against Oman in Guwahati. On the face of it, it was just a point and a draw bereft of any goals. But for the Indian team, it smelled like victory and probably more than that in ways more than one.

Since taking over from Stephen Constantine as the head coach of the Indian team, Croatian Igor Stimac tried to find the right balance in the team and blooded a number of youngsters, thus compromising on the result. Stimac’s five-match-old stint was unremarkable with a lone victory, three defeats and a draw going into the qualifiers.

But India got their mojo back against Oman as Chhetri found the back of the net in the first half. But like it has been for the last few games, India frittered the advantage in the last 10 minutes and leaked two goals.

The backline was under the cosh for slack defending in the last few games and throwing away healthy leads. Against Qatar, who were coming off a magical run in 2019 since winning the Asian Cup, the task was going to be all the more difficult.

But while Gurpreet played the match of his life in an India shirt, making saves after saves with his positioning under the bar top notch, the centre-backs Sandesh Jhinghan and Adil Khan displayed their aerial prowess during clearances. The duo also made vital interceptions and last-ditch tackles to negate the threat of striker Almoez Ali.

Full backs Rahul Bheke and Mandar Rao Desai were under the pump initially but grew into the game with every passing minute. Among his countless saves, stand-in skipper Gurpreet’s one-handed save off Qatar left-back Abdelkarem Hassan in the dying minutes of the first half stood out. In the second period, Qatar coached by Felix Sanchez threw the kitchen-sink at India but Stimac’s boys — sans Chhetri who was indisposed — showed they had learnt from their mistakes of conceding late and held firm for a famous 0-0 draw.

“I was cribbing and ill, but the moment the game (started), I was screaming the entire 90 minutes.”
“I told someone that we only got one point to show (for our efforts) but it just changed everything for us. Now when we come to the camp, it will be a different team, with the confidence of knowing what you can do if you train well,” Chhetri told ESPN.

It’s not always about the result, as Stimac has been showing since he took over as India lost the Kings’ Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. It was about preparing a young team that could fight against taller opponents.

“We have been working on the mindset in the last few months. It’s all about the mindset – If you get it right, you can achieve great things. “We have been working on the mindset in the last few months. It’s all about the mindset – If you get it right, you can achieve great things,” Stimac had said after the game.
India even got two chances in the second half when the skilful Sahal Abdul Samad and pacy Udanta Singh came close to scoring.

Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi, who coaches in Qatar now and is a big reason why Qatar play the Barcelona way, had his heart in his mouth. Indians were giving him a tough time, Qatar were made to sweat in their own lair and after the final whistle, the crescendo reached beyond the scoreline and reverberated across the Indian football arena back home.

India might still not be able to qualify for Qatar 2022 as they get ready to take on Bangladesh in Kolkata on October 15, but that they are walking the talk was evident against Qatar.

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Qatar draw an important milestone in Indian football https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/qatar-draw-an-important-milestone-in-indian-football/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/qatar-draw-an-important-milestone-in-indian-football/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:45:02 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13197

New Delhi, Policenama Online – In his first press conference in New Delhi after being announced as the head coach of the Indian men’s football team, Croatian Igor Stimac said that apart from seeing better tactical awareness from his players, he wants to see “tigers and lions out there.” Stimac’s appointment was one that, in […]

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New Delhi, Policenama Online – In his first press conference in New Delhi after being announced as the head coach of the Indian men’s football team, Croatian Igor Stimac said that apart from seeing better tactical awareness from his players, he wants to see “tigers and lions out there.”

Stimac’s appointment was one that, in normal parlance, should have come with big expectations. Being a former World Cup star and defensive stalwart for his country as a player and a fairly successful former coach of Croatia, the 52-year-old is arguably one of the most high profile names to have ever taken charge of the Indian team. And yet, the realities of the game in India and of the team he will be coaching are such that the dreams were tempered.

If any high hopes existed, they would have been comfortably killed off by the hammering India received at the hands of the likes of North Korea and Tajikistan in the days since his appointment. However, those who went into these matches without hoping for the moon would have seen some encouraging trends emerge.

They would have seen the marked increase in the number of passes along the ground the players were making — or attempting to make — as opposed to booting the ball upfield in hope and despair in the early exchanges of the game itself.

They would have appreciated the account India gave of themselves against CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finalists Curacao, many of whose players are regulars in European leagues. They would have noted India’s performance in their 1-1 draw against Syria, who missed on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup by a whisker.

Get past the crushing disappointment of India folding in the dying minutes of their first 2022 World Cup qualifier against Oman, and you would see Stimac’s men making a team placed 16 spots above them on the FIFA rankings defend for their lives for much of the first half.

On September 10, it was difficult for even the most disillusioned Indian fan to be critical of the team. India have rarely ever existed in the same sentence as Brazil, Argentina and Colombia in a footballing context and yet there they were, as one of only four teams to have stopped free-scoring Asian champions Qatar from scoring.

The enormity of this result is magnified by the fact that this was a team without a number of players who started against Oman, talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri being the most notable absentee.

It was as backs-to-the-wall a performance as they come for the Indian team but them sitting deep and maintaining shape pushed Qatar out wide and into trying ambitious shots from outside the box. Anything that went past the defence was parried away or caught by the indomitable Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

Over the past two years, whenever faced with a high profile opponent, India have decided to go the pragmatic way and their defensive prowess made them a difficult side to beat under Stimac’s predecessor Stephen Constantine. Under Stimac, they have tried to shed some of that pragmatism but that often led to them conceding a number of goals in a single match. Under both managers, India showed a tendency to run out of steam in the last 20 minutes of a match.
Against Qatar, however, India fought against that tendency and held fort for the duration of the game. It was the biggest takeaway from the match for Stimac.

“Against Qatar, we proved to everyone who were talking about a lack of fitness among the players. Qatar are in a different league as compared to any team in Asia and my boys made sprints till the very last minute. They defended with such concentration throughout, which really proves their fitness capacity,” he said.

India next host Bangladesh at the enormous Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata on October 15 after which they play Afghanistan away from home. The point against Qatar has done a world of good for their confidence and matches against lower ranked opponents couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Indian team seems to be working in a world of its own, seemingly unaffected by the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the national league structure. Stimac gave half a dozen players debuts in his first game in charge, among whom were the likes of Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, Rahul Bheke and Amarjit Singh who have gone on to become regulars in the team. Add to that the lot of players under the age of 25 such as Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan who made their debuts under Constantine and it looks like the Indian team have a group of players they can rely upon for many years.

But before the giddy optimism sets in, it is important to remember the aforementioned chaos in the Indian football league structure. Aside from getting his players to understand the way he wants them to play, Stimac’s other big challenge could be to shield them from whatever it is that happens to the clubs they play for.

Rather than seeing it as a sign of things to come, India’s win against Qatar should be seen as a very important milestone in a long, arduous process. As stated before, temper your expectations, and Indian football might just surprise you.

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David De Gea signs new 4-year deal with Man Utd https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/david-de-gea-signs-new-4-year-deal-with-man-utd/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/david-de-gea-signs-new-4-year-deal-with-man-utd/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:38:01 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13192

London, Policenama Online – Manchester United goal-keeper David De Gea has signed a new long-term contract to stay with the club until 2023. There is an option to extend for a further year. David joined United in 2011 and has made 367 appearances so far. During his time with the club, he has won the Premier […]

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London, Policenama Online – Manchester United goal-keeper David De Gea has signed a new long-term contract to stay with the club until 2023. There is an option to extend for a further year. David joined United in 2011 and has made 367 appearances so far.

During his time with the club, he has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Europa League and the Community Shield. “It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” David said in an official statement.

“Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together,” he added.

The 28-year-old, who has consistently been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent seasons, was in the last year of his contract and would have been able to open talks with clubs outside England over a possible move in January.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club. “Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs.”

The Norwegian added that David “represents everything you want in a goalkeeper”. “As a player he is still hugely determined and hungry to achieve more. We all look forward to working together to meet those ambitions over the coming years.”

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Archer can help us regain Ashes in Australia: Stokes https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/archer-can-help-us-regain-ashes-in-australia-stokes/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/archer-can-help-us-regain-ashes-in-australia-stokes/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:26:52 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13190

London, Policenama Online – England vice-captain Ben Stokes believes young speedster Jofra Archer can help them regain the Ashes when they travel to Australia next in 2021-22. Archer, playing in his debut Test series, picked up 22 wickets in the recently-concluded five-match rubber which ended in a 2-2 draw. The 24-year-old, who came to limelight after […]

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London, Policenama Online – England vice-captain Ben Stokes believes young speedster Jofra Archer can help them regain the Ashes when they travel to Australia next in 2021-22. Archer, playing in his debut Test series, picked up 22 wickets in the recently-concluded five-match rubber which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The 24-year-old, who came to limelight after playing an integral role in England’s maiden World Cup win in June-July, unleashed his pace against the mighty Aussies and kept them on their toes throughout the four Test matches he played in the Ashes.

“I don’t think I’ve seen a more talented bowler in my time. It’s great to have him on your team. No doubt he is the sort of guy who can help get those Ashes back when we go down under (in 2021-22),” The Guardian quoted Stokes as saying.

“He’s got experience in that part of the world from playing in the Big Bash too, so he’ll feel comfortable going there and performing.

“When you can bowl 90mph and with the control that he’s got, then he is going to be a huge threat anywhere in the world,” he added. Stokes further compared Archer to Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who turned to be the leading wicket-taker as with 29 victims in the series and said that he is expecting the Barbados-born player to improve in the times to come.

“It is very rare for a 24-year-old to be able to come in, be exposed to this environment and then step up and improve game by game as quickly as Jof is doing it,” said Stokes. “There is plenty more to come from him because he is so skilful and picks things up so quickly.” England will now travel to New Zealand for five T20Is and two Test matches in late October.

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Messi in Barca squad for Borussia Dortmund tie https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/messi-in-barca-squad-for-borussia-dortmund-tie/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/17/messi-in-barca-squad-for-borussia-dortmund-tie/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 04:56:11 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13164 Messi
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Madrid, Policenama Online –Lionel Messi has been included in the FC Barcelona squad to travel to Germany for Tuesday night’s Champions League away match against Borussia Dortmund. The news means Messi joins up with a Barcelona squad for the first time since last season’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia, and 46 days after suffering […]

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Madrid, Policenama Online –Lionel Messi has been included in the FC Barcelona squad to travel to Germany for Tuesday night’s Champions League away match against Borussia Dortmund. The news means Messi joins up with a Barcelona squad for the first time since last season’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia, and 46 days after suffering a calf injury in his first training session of pre-season, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Argentinian was given the all-clear by Barcelona medical staff after completing Monday morning’s training session with the rest of his teammates, meaning he has been able to get through two consecutive sessions with no problems.

Although he is included in the squad, it is unlikely that Messi will start against the side that is currently second in the German Bundesliga, with his first start likely to be away to Granada in La Liga next Saturday night.

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Pak v/s SL: ICC’s security review before naming match officials https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/16/pak-v-s-sl-iccs-security-review-before-naming-match-officials/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/16/pak-v-s-sl-iccs-security-review-before-naming-match-officials/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:23:08 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13084

Lahore, Policenama Online –  The International Cricket Council (ICC) will review the security arrangements put in place in Pakistan before appointing the match officials for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka beginning September 27. According to a Pakistan Urdu daily ‘Daily Jang’, the ICC will analyse the security plans to be put in place […]

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Lahore, Policenama Online –  The International Cricket Council (ICC) will review the security arrangements put in place in Pakistan before appointing the match officials for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka beginning September 27.

According to a Pakistan Urdu daily ‘Daily Jang’, the ICC will analyse the security plans to be put in place by the Pakistan government before appointing neutral umpires and match referees.
The last time an international series was played in Pakistan against Zimbabwe in 2015, the Council did not appoint any neutral match official and it had tasked both the countries to oversee cricketing matters.

Now, it would be interesting to see whether the cricket’s governing body follows the same example and asks the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to pick officials from within their own setups or indirectly endorse the security arrangements in Pakistan by appointing neutral officials.

The upcoming series have been under uncertainty ever since Sri Lanka Prime Minister’s Office received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat to their team while touring Pakistan. Following this, SLC said that they need to “reassess” their plan for the Pakistan tour.
The PCB, though, has made it clear that it will not be shifting the series to a neutral venue.
Both the teams are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Karachi and Lahore between September 27 and October 9.

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Spain thrash Argentina to clinch 2nd basketball WC title https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/16/spain-thrash-argentina-to-clinch-2nd-basketball-wc-title/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/16/spain-thrash-argentina-to-clinch-2nd-basketball-wc-title/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 04:58:41 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=13066

Beijing, Policenama Online – Spain’s basketball men’s national team won its second FIBA World Cup crown after overcoming Argentina 95-75 in the summit clash. In the final held at the packed 18,000-seat Beijing’s Wukesong Arena on Sunday, Spain relied on aggressive attacking play throughout the course of the game to end with a 20-point victory […]

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Beijing, Policenama Online – Spain’s basketball men’s national team won its second FIBA World Cup crown after overcoming Argentina 95-75 in the summit clash. In the final held at the packed 18,000-seat Beijing’s Wukesong Arena on Sunday, Spain relied on aggressive attacking play throughout the course of the game to end with a 20-point victory against its Argentine rival, reports Efe news.
It appeared to be a different Argentina team that showed up for the final; this was a team that appeared to be the opposite of the side that had put on outstanding performances over this year’s World Cup campaign, such as victories against powerhouses Serbia and France.

Argentina’s Gabriel Deck was the top scorer of the game with 24 points, but it was not enough for his team to be as competitive as expected before the match. Ricky Rubio was the top scorer on the Spanish team, but Marc Gasol put on an outstanding performance — 14 points, seven assists and seven rebounds — all of which helped the squad emerge victorious.

Following the win Spain’s royal family posted a message of congratulations on Twitter: “You have the courage of the champions! No one in the world plays basketball better than you!”

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Ready for international cricket: Abhimanyu Easwaran https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/12/ready-for-international-cricket-abhimanyu-easwaran/ https://policenama.com/english/2019/09/12/ready-for-international-cricket-abhimanyu-easwaran/#respond Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:26:23 +0000 https://policenama.com/english/?p=12980

Kolkata, Policenama Online – A bagful of runs to show for in first-class cricket, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran is ready to move to the next level but is not losing sleep over an India call-up ahead of the South Africa home Test series starting next month. Easwaran helped India Red win the Duleep Trophy by an […]

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Kolkata, Policenama Online – A bagful of runs to show for in first-class cricket, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran is ready to move to the next level but is not losing sleep over an India call-up ahead of the South Africa home Test series starting next month.

Easwaran helped India Red win the Duleep Trophy by an innings and 38 runs in Bengaluru last week as he cracked a copybook 153 from 300 balls in the first innings to lay the foundation for the massive triumph.

Easwaran, who turned 24 a few days ago and was also appointed the captain of the Bengal team for all three formats, is a India ‘A’ regular and has been in good form for quite some time. The Dehradun-born city boy had a blockbuster season in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy, amassing 861 runs, the fourth highest from the Elite Group teams, with an average of 95.66 and studded with three centuries.

And with K.L. Rahul struggling to get runs, Easwaran is considered as the ‘dark-horse’ to break into the squad. “I am not thinking about selection. I am not thinking about things I can’t control. I am only thinking about the South Africa ‘A’ series coming up from September 17. I have to prepare well for that,” Easwaran told IANS on Thursday.

Asked whether he feels he is ready for the grind of international cricket, Easwaran said: “Yes I am.”
Besides Shubman Gill, who is leading the India ‘A’ side in the first unofficial Test against South Africa ‘A’ in Thiruvananthapuram, the focus will also be on openers Easwaran and Priyank Panchal who will feature only in the second match, to be played in Mysuru from September 17.

“It will be a good challenge for me against quality South African bowlers. If you do well, your confidence always grows,” Easwaran said on his upcoming assignment. The recent West Indies tour where he played against their ‘A’ side, was a learning curve for Easwaran, although he did not get many runs.
“I learnt a lot from that tour. Playing with the Dukes ball in those conditions. I played for the first time under lights with the red ball. That was also a challenge. It’s difficult as an opener to play with the new ball under lights. I had to adjust to the wickets there.”

Most of Easwaran’s time at India ‘A’ was spent under the tutelage of Rahul Dravid although the legendary former India captain stepped down from that role due to his National Cricket Academy commitments.
“Rahul sir has been an idol since I started playing cricket. He is an inspiration. Sharing the dressing room with him has been a dream come true. I learnt quite a bit from him. he has been very open to us,” Easwaran said.

On the added pressure of leading Bengal, he said: “I think it’s an honour for me to lead Bengal. If I can bat the way I have been batting, it will be really helpful for my team. The management has shown faith in me. When it comes to team selection and decision making, I have a little added responsibility. But I would like to enjoy it and take it as a challenge.”

Although he has never had the chance to speak to Indian captain Virat Kohli, Easwaran — who made his
first class debut in 2013, concluded by saying he loves the way Kohli approaches the game.
“I really enjoy the way Virat Kohli plays his cricket and the passion he has for the game. I love watching him bat.”

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