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Sachin helped Raina overcome phobia

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 29 Agustus 2014 | 21.24

MUMBAI: Suresh Raina's dazzling century off 75 balls in the second ODI against England in Cardiff was the result of meticulous preparation and a fierce desire to overcome his weakness against the short ball.

Before the ODI series, Raina, in a desperate attempt to "turn a corner," sent an 'SOS' to former India batsman Pravin Amre, currently a Mumbai coach and batting consultant to many top players.

The UP batsman then had a rigorous four-day 'camp' with Amre at the MCA's BKC indoor facility.

As luck would have it, Raina received advice not just from Amre but Sachin Tendulkar too. In fact, Tendulkar's son Arjun, a budding all-rounder, was the one chosen to test Raina with the short stuff in the nets.

Amre's agenda was simple - to get Raina to overcome his anxiety while facing the short ball.

"I had to work on his head position. I told him to remove his helmet. When I gave him throwdowns with the tennis ball, he was supposed to face them without headgear. Batting with a helmet makes us develop wrong habits," Amre told TOI on Thursday.

"Did Viv Richards and Sunil Gavaskar bat with proper helmets? I asked him to discover his own instinctive way of negotiating the short ball. The focus was on leaving the short ball well, as earlier he would look to be positive and play it anyhow. I am glad he did that well in Cardiff. Despite leaving the short balls, he was able to blast a century off just 75 balls. This is because he can play the big shots."

Raina, who smashed his first ODI hundred outside the subcontinent on Wednesday, has in the past struggled to overcome this weakness against genuine pace despite finishing off many games for India during his 192-match career.

Amre said he worked on boosting Raina's confidence.

"I told him, 'Forget about what people say about how you play the short ball. You are both physically and mentally strong, which reflects in your big-hitting ability and longevity in ODIs. You are our biggest match winner after MS Dhoni, and the next-best finisher. You can destroy an attack. If you can do it in the IPL, you can do it anywhere.

"Sachin too pepped Raina up, asking him to bat more often on the front foot outside India, since it helped him get hundreds on bouncy wickets in South Africa," Amre added.

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Sachin helped Raina overcome phobia

MUMBAI: Suresh Raina's dazzling century off 75 balls in the second ODI against England in Cardiff was the result of meticulous preparation and a fierce desire to overcome his weakness against the short ball.

Before the ODI series, Raina, in a desperate attempt to "turn a corner," sent an 'SOS' to former India batsman Pravin Amre, currently a Mumbai coach and batting consultant to many top players.

The UP batsman then had a rigorous four-day 'camp' with Amre at the MCA's BKC indoor facility.

As luck would have it, Raina received advice not just from Amre but Sachin Tendulkar too. In fact, Tendulkar's son Arjun, a budding all-rounder, was the one chosen to test Raina with the short stuff in the nets.

Amre's agenda was simple - to get Raina to overcome his anxiety while facing the short ball.

"I had to work on his head position. I told him to remove his helmet. When I gave him throwdowns with the tennis ball, he was supposed to face them without headgear. Batting with a helmet makes us develop wrong habits," Amre told TOI on Thursday.

"Did Viv Richards and Sunil Gavaskar bat with proper helmets? I asked him to discover his own instinctive way of negotiating the short ball. The focus was on leaving the short ball well, as earlier he would look to be positive and play it anyhow. I am glad he did that well in Cardiff. Despite leaving the short balls, he was able to blast a century off just 75 balls. This is because he can play the big shots."

Raina, who smashed his first ODI hundred outside the subcontinent on Wednesday, has in the past struggled to overcome this weakness against genuine pace despite finishing off many games for India during his 192-match career.

Amre said he worked on boosting Raina's confidence.

"I told him, 'Forget about what people say about how you play the short ball. You are both physically and mentally strong, which reflects in your big-hitting ability and longevity in ODIs. You are our biggest match winner after MS Dhoni, and the next-best finisher. You can destroy an attack. If you can do it in the IPL, you can do it anywhere.

"Sachin too pepped Raina up, asking him to bat more often on the front foot outside India, since it helped him get hundreds on bouncy wickets in South Africa," Amre added.

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McGrath set to work with Indian pacers

CHENNAI: Glenn McGrath might have predicted difficult times for India in Australia later this year, but the Aussie legend will work with some of the top pacers of the country in the lead-up to the high-profile series.

BCCI's tie-up with MRF Pace Foundation has already been formalized and the first batch of trainees will be in Chennai from September 1-10, working under McGrath. Leading the group of pacers is Varun Aaron, who made his debut in England, along with the likes of Ishwar Pandey and Ashok Dinda.

With the beginning of the National Cricket Academy in 2000, the BCCI had stopped sending their pacers to MRF Pace Foundation for training.

Many of the pacers, though, came on their own to train under Dennis Lillee, the former coaching director, and now McGrath. Aaron and Pandey, in fact, have been MRF products, learning their trade under the Aussie pace greats.

In the recent past, the relations between BCCI and MRF Pace Foundation have improved and the group of 11 pacers will be the first to be sent by BCCI to Chennai for training in 14 years.

"The boys will be sent to the MRF Pace Foundation. The ties between BCCI and MRF have been renewed and we are happy that our bowlers will be working under McGrath," a BCCI source told TOI on Thursday.

The other pacers who will be sent in the first batch are Rahul Shukla, Veer Pratap Singh, Deepak Chahar, Nathu Singh, Ankit Rajput, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakur and CV Milind.

"We are looking at the best crop of pacers in the country to work under McGrath. I am sure it will stand them in good stead before a very important season, which includes the series to Australia and the 50-over World Cup Down Under," the source added.

The decision to send the pacers was taken in a working committee meeting of BCCI sometime back.

"The fast bowlers will be here when McGrath conducts his camps," the source added.

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McGrath set to work with Indian pacers

CHENNAI: Glenn McGrath might have predicted difficult times for India in Australia later this year, but the Aussie legend will work with some of the top pacers of the country in the lead-up to the high-profile series.

BCCI's tie-up with MRF Pace Foundation has already been formalized and the first batch of trainees will be in Chennai from September 1-10, working under McGrath. Leading the group of pacers is Varun Aaron, who made his debut in England, along with the likes of Ishwar Pandey and Ashok Dinda.

With the beginning of the National Cricket Academy in 2000, the BCCI had stopped sending their pacers to MRF Pace Foundation for training.

Many of the pacers, though, came on their own to train under Dennis Lillee, the former coaching director, and now McGrath. Aaron and Pandey, in fact, have been MRF products, learning their trade under the Aussie pace greats.

In the recent past, the relations between BCCI and MRF Pace Foundation have improved and the group of 11 pacers will be the first to be sent by BCCI to Chennai for training in 14 years.

"The boys will be sent to the MRF Pace Foundation. The ties between BCCI and MRF have been renewed and we are happy that our bowlers will be working under McGrath," a BCCI source told TOI on Thursday.

The other pacers who will be sent in the first batch are Rahul Shukla, Veer Pratap Singh, Deepak Chahar, Nathu Singh, Ankit Rajput, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakur and CV Milind.

"We are looking at the best crop of pacers in the country to work under McGrath. I am sure it will stand them in good stead before a very important season, which includes the series to Australia and the 50-over World Cup Down Under," the source added.

The decision to send the pacers was taken in a working committee meeting of BCCI sometime back.

"The fast bowlers will be here when McGrath conducts his camps," the source added.

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Raina ton helps India crush England

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 28 Agustus 2014 | 21.24

CARDIFF: Suresh Raina smashed his first century outside the sub-continent as India began their one-day campaign on a resounding note when they trounced England by 133 runs in the second ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.

Put into bat, India, who are looking to put their Test debacle behind them in the limited-overs format, rode Raina's 75-ball 100 to post a challenging 304 for six in 50 overs.

The 144-run fifth-wicket partnership between Raina, who registered his fourth ODI century, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52) was the highlight of the Indian innings.

Rain forced a delayed start to the England innings and the Duckworth-Lewis method revised the hosts' target to 295 in 47 overs. The hosts were bundled for 161 in 38.1 overs as Indian bowlers for once made their presence felt in English conditions.

England opener Alex Hales (40), who was handed his debut cap by skipper Alastair Cook in the morning, was the highest scorer in a disappointing scorecard.

The hosts slumped from 54 for no loss to 85 for five and the slide continued with the overcast conditions doing little to save the batting collapse.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (4-28) was India's leading wicket-taker after medium-pacer Mohammad Shami (2-32) did the early damage.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-38) took care of the finishing act while new-ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-30) and Raina (1-12) also picked up a wicket each.

Shami started the rot in his third over by sending back Cook LBW for 19 and cleaning up Ian Bell for 1.

Bhuvneshwar cleaned bowled Joe Root for 4 and Jadeja then turned on the heat to make short work of the England middle and lower-order.

The first match of the series was washed off due to persistent rains in Bristol while the focus now shifts to the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Saturday.


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De Villiers' century delivers SA victory

HARARE: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis struck sublime centuries as South Africa chased down a massive score to beat Australia by seven wickets in the second one-day international of the triangular series on Wednesday.

The pair put on 206 for the third wicket, the highest South Africa partnership against Australia, as the Proteas reached their victory target of 328 with 20 balls to spare at the Harare Sports Club home of series hosts Zimbabwe.

It eclipsed the 187 put on by Herchelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith as they famously chased down 434 at The Wanderers in 2006, and was no less impressive for the skill shown by the pair as they scored all around the ground.

After South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl, Australia showed great acceleration at the end of their innings to post 327 for seven in 50 overs, with opener Aaron Finch crashing 102 from 116 balls.

But it was not enough as the Proteas recovered from a wobble at 51 for two to reach their target with some ease on a wicket that got flatter as the day wore on.

For Du Plessis it was a first ODI century as he recorded 106 from 98 balls and made a mockery of recent criticism over his slow strike-rate in limited overs cricket with a fine display of finesse and power hitting.

Captain De Villiers rode his luck after offering simple chances to Mitchell Johnson and George Bailey that were dropped when he had 78 and 85 respectively, and battled on through severe cramp to score 136 not out from 106 balls.

It is a welcome return to form for the right-hander, who had scored only 29 runs in three innings in test and ODI cricket on the tour before this match, and is the second highest score by a South African against Australia in limited overs matches.

JP Duminy scored an unbeaten 33 at better than a run-a-ball to help De Villiers steer the Proteas home.

Finch was the anchor for Australia's innings as they again had to do without injured captain Michael Clarke, while stand-in skipper George Bailey struck a brisk 66 and Phillip Hughes a more patient 51.

The third game of the triangular series will be played on Friday when South Africa tackle Zimbabwe at the same venue. The hosts lost their first match against Australia by 198 runs on Monday.

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De Villiers' century delivers SA victory

HARARE: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis struck sublime centuries as South Africa chased down a massive score to beat Australia by seven wickets in the second one-day international of the triangular series on Wednesday.

The pair put on 206 for the third wicket, the highest South Africa partnership against Australia, as the Proteas reached their victory target of 328 with 20 balls to spare at the Harare Sports Club home of series hosts Zimbabwe.

It eclipsed the 187 put on by Herchelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith as they famously chased down 434 at The Wanderers in 2006, and was no less impressive for the skill shown by the pair as they scored all around the ground.

After South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl, Australia showed great acceleration at the end of their innings to post 327 for seven in 50 overs, with opener Aaron Finch crashing 102 from 116 balls.

But it was not enough as the Proteas recovered from a wobble at 51 for two to reach their target with some ease on a wicket that got flatter as the day wore on.

For Du Plessis it was a first ODI century as he recorded 106 from 98 balls and made a mockery of recent criticism over his slow strike-rate in limited overs cricket with a fine display of finesse and power hitting.

Captain De Villiers rode his luck after offering simple chances to Mitchell Johnson and George Bailey that were dropped when he had 78 and 85 respectively, and battled on through severe cramp to score 136 not out from 106 balls.

It is a welcome return to form for the right-hander, who had scored only 29 runs in three innings in test and ODI cricket on the tour before this match, and is the second highest score by a South African against Australia in limited overs matches.

JP Duminy scored an unbeaten 33 at better than a run-a-ball to help De Villiers steer the Proteas home.

Finch was the anchor for Australia's innings as they again had to do without injured captain Michael Clarke, while stand-in skipper George Bailey struck a brisk 66 and Phillip Hughes a more patient 51.

The third game of the triangular series will be played on Friday when South Africa tackle Zimbabwe at the same venue. The hosts lost their first match against Australia by 198 runs on Monday.

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Raina ton helps India crush England

CARDIFF: Suresh Raina smashed his first century outside the sub-continent as India began their one-day campaign on a resounding note when they trounced England by 133 runs in the second ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.

Put into bat, India, who are looking to put their Test debacle behind them in the limited-overs format, rode Raina's 75-ball 100 to post a challenging 304 for six in 50 overs.

The 144-run fifth-wicket partnership between Raina, who registered his fourth ODI century, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52) was the highlight of the Indian innings.

Rain forced a delayed start to the England innings and the Duckworth-Lewis method revised the hosts' target to 295 in 47 overs. The hosts were bundled for 161 in 38.1 overs as Indian bowlers for once made their presence felt in English conditions.

England opener Alex Hales (40), who was handed his debut cap by skipper Alastair Cook in the morning, was the highest scorer in a disappointing scorecard.

The hosts slumped from 54 for no loss to 85 for five and the slide continued with the overcast conditions doing little to save the batting collapse.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (4-28) was India's leading wicket-taker after medium-pacer Mohammad Shami (2-32) did the early damage.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-38) took care of the finishing act while new-ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-30) and Raina (1-12) also picked up a wicket each.

Shami started the rot in his third over by sending back Cook LBW for 19 and cleaning up Ian Bell for 1.

Bhuvneshwar cleaned bowled Joe Root for 4 and Jadeja then turned on the heat to make short work of the England middle and lower-order.

The first match of the series was washed off due to persistent rains in Bristol while the focus now shifts to the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Saturday.


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England elect to field against India

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 27 Agustus 2014 | 21.24

CARDIFF (United Kingdom): England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to field against India in the second one-day international at Cardiff on Wednesday.

As expected, England gave an ODI debut to Alex Hales, who would have played in Bristol on Monday had the first of this five-match series not been washed out.

Hard-hitting Nottinghamshire opener Hales has appeared in 32 Twenty20s for England and scored his country's first century in cricket's shortest format when he made 116 not out from 64 balls against Sri Lanka at the World Twenty20 in March.

The 25-year-old, who will partner Cook at the top of the order, has been tipped as the man to revive the team's often staid approach with the bat in the opening overs of a one-day game.

India, the 50-over world champions, were looking to bounce back following their 3-1 defeat by England in the recent Test series.

Last year, India beat England in the final of the 50-over Champions Trophy at Edgbaston, although rain reduced that match to a 20 overs per side contest.

This match marks the start of both teams lead-in to next year's one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Teams:

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wkt), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (capt/wkt), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma

Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS) and Richard Illingworth (ENG)

TV umpire: Tim Robinson (ENG)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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Usain Bolt to challenge Yuvraj in cricket

BANGALORE: The theory that ball travels faster than man will be put to the test on September 2 when world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt takes on India's Yuvraj Singh in a cricketing showdown at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Jamaica's Bolt, who has been roped in by his sponsor Puma, will play a tennis ball match with the Indian southpaw for about an hour. Yuvraj's friend and former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too is part of the show along with another IPL player.

"We are expecting around 4,0005,000 pass-holders to watch them in action between 4-5pm next Tuesday," sources told TOI.

"The game is likely to be six players-a-side. Each team may play around 3-4 overs."

Clarity on the number of players and overs may emerge in the next few days but the organisers are excited about what Bolt and Yuvraj would do on the field besides playing cricket.

Bolt's cricketing skills and love for the game are well known, with West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, who was bowled by the sprinter in a charity match in Jamaica last year, saying that Bolt had very nearly "knocked my head off with a good, competitive bouncer."

While the tennis ball to be used at the Chinnaswamy will pose no such danger, sources expect light-hearted banter between Bolt and Yuvraj to keep the crowd entertained.

"Both are exuberant, lively persons. We would expect them to feed off each other's performance to come up with something spontaneous," they said.

The stars will also perform a few skills on the field after the match.

The entire show will be held closer to the stands for the spectators to get a better view of the action, it is learnt.

After a foot surgery and a hamstring injury, Bolt has run only four times this year. He clocked the world's best for an indoor 100m run with 9.98sec in Warsaw last Saturday.

Earlier, he ran on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro in a 'Mano-a-mano' race where he timed 10.06sec. At the Commonwealth Games, he was on the track twice, helping Jamaica to the 4x100m relay gold.

The IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich was to be his final competition but Bolt withdrew from it before announcing that he had decided to end his campaign this season. He will resume training in October.


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