Knew Shikhar would step out; look for the boundary, says Bhuvneshwar
Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar revealed that he knew Punjab Kings stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan would step out against him to get a boundary in Sunday’s match at the D.Y Patil Stadium. Dhawan had begun the innings by getting a boundary through mid-wicket off Kumar in the opening over.
But the right-arm pacer bounced back in his second over to take out Dhawan for eight off 11 balls. Dhawan’s dismissal meant that Kumar surpassed Zaheer Khan and Sandeep Sharma (at 52 wickets) to be the leading wicket-taker in power-play overs of the IPL with 53 scalps.
“There was no swing so I looked to pitch it back of a length. That was my plan against Shikhar as I knew he would step out and look for the boundary. I looked to hit a hard length and find the top edge and luckily that’s what happened,” said Kumar after the match.
Kumar returned to take out Shahrukh Khan and Liam Livingstone to finish with figures of 3/22 in his four overs. The three-wicket haul meant Kumar became the first Indian pacer and seventh overall to take 150 IPL wickets.
Other pacers in the coveted list are Wes’ Indies’ Dwayne Bravo and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga while the Indian bowlers in the exclusive club are leg-spinners Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla, Yuzvendra Chahal and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
“I looked to play with my field as well. I try to bowl to the batter’s weakness or to the ground’s dimensions. The wicket and my skills are what I look at,” stated Kumar about his crucial three-wicket haul for Hyderabad.
Complementing Kumar from the other end was young tearaway quick Umran Malik, who bagged 4/28 in his four overs, his first four-wicket haul in IPL. Kumar jokingly remarked, “More than helping me, it means I am a target as batters think I’m slower. But watching him bowl fast and get wickets is a joy. Hope the others going after me leads to wickets and not boundaries.”
The seven-wicket win over Punjab means that Hyderabad are now in fourth place in the points table with eight points and face Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 23 at Brabourne Stadium.
‘I’m happy here’: Cristiano Ronaldo pledges to continue at Al Nassr in Saudi Pro League
Portugese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to continue at Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia despite walking away empty handed in this season. The 38-year-old has earmarked the tournament to be among the top five in the world.
Ronaldo, who signed a two and a half year contract with Al Nassr, scored 14 goals in 16 games in the season, with his side standing second behind Al Ittihad in the Saudi Pro league. However, there were speculations about how long will he stay as reports of swap deal with Saudi-owned Newcastle United emerged, who have now qualified for next season’s Champions league.
In an official Saudi Pro League interview, the star footballer revealed:
“I’m happy here, I want to continue here, I will continue here. And in my opinion, if they continue to do the work that they want to do here, for the next five years, I think the Saudi league can be a top five league in the world. I expected to win something this year, but we didn’t, but next year I’m really positive, but next year I’m really positive and confident that things will change and we go in a better way.”
Cristiano Ronaldo suggests he is still adjusting to strange training timings in Saudi Arabia:
Ronaldo also revealed how contrasting the training timings in Europe and Saudi Arabia are, elaborating:
“In Europe, we train more in the morning, but here we train in the afternoon or evening and in Ramadan, we train at 10 at night. So this is strange but as I tell you, these situations are part of an experience, memories. I like to live these moments because you learn with these things.”
With 837 goals in 512 games, Ronaldo is the combined highest goal scorer in history.
Lionel Messi to leave PSG at the end of the season, confirms club manager Christophe Galtier
Paris Saint Germain superstar Lionel Messi will leave the club at the end of the current season, manager Christophe Galtier confirmed on Thursday. Messi made 74 appearances for PSG in which he scored 32 goals and made 35 assists. In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain has played 37 matches out of which they have won 27, lost six and drew four.
PSG had acquired Messi’s services two years ago in a record transfer deal after he left FC Barcelona in 2021.
Messi, who’s contract with PSG ends this season, is now being linked with with a move to Saudi Arabia while talk of a return to the Nou Camp has picked up in Spain in recent weeks.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will play his final match for PSG against Clermont Foot on Saturday.
“I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football,” Galtier said on Thursday. “This will be his last match at the Parc des Princes, and I hope that he will receive the warmest of welcomes.”
Messi’s envious record
In the Spanish La Liga football competition, Lionel Messi has scored 474 goals in 520 matches. In the French Ligue 1, Messi has scored 22 goals in 57 matches.
The 35-year-old while playing for Football Club Barcelona has scored 672 goals in 778 games. While playing for Paris Saint-Germain he has scored 32 goals in 74 matches.
No plan to bring Messi back: Barca president
FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta recently said that the club has re-established good relationships with Argentine legend Lionel Messi, but it would not pay any price to bring him back to the Camp Nou Stadium.
“I have spoken with Leo to somehow redirect the situation that occurred when I had to put the institution ahead of everything, including him, the best player in the world,” said Laporta in a Monday morning TV show.
Mark Zuckerberg strikes gold against jiu jitsu fighters, posts pictures on Instagram
In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has appeared helpless in front of the US Congress where he has been slapped by fines, and fired 11,000 vulnerable employees after being hit by falling revenues. But outside the business arena where Meta is facing tough competition from TikTok and other rivals, Zuckerberg is a huge mixed martial arts fan.
Contrary to setbacks in the tech sector, the Facebook founder has tasted victory in jiu jitsu.
Striking gold, but in a different arena
- The billionaire who has trained with UFC fighters, posted pictures after winning jiu jitsu matches for the first time.
- The billionaire who tried his hand at martial arts, revealed that he won a gold medal in the Gi categroy and a silver medal in the No-GI category.
- His post on Instagram received comments from UFC featherweight and bantamweight category champions, as well as jiu jitsu hall of fame member Bernardo Faria.
Competitive or short tempered?
- The entrepreneur turned sportsperson, who also enjoys surfing, was seen getting into a heated argument after losing a contest during the tournament in California as well.
- On the work front, Zuckerberg’s firm Meta also surprised the markets by bouncing back with strong earnings, after struggling with loss of ad revenue.
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