India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Thursday said he will never compromise on swing at the cost of extra pace.Bhuvneshwar, who is the highest wicket-taker so far in the ongoing edition of the IPL, attributes his success to relentless hard work at practice sessions.”How you practice in nets matters a lot. If you bowl good yorkers in nets and come up with good variation, it helps your on-field performance,” the 27-year-old Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer said ahead of his team’s match against Kings XI Punjab on Friday in Mohali.”In the series against South Africa, my pace had increased but swing was compromised. But this was a turning point for me as I realised that no matter how fast you are, you cannot afford to lose the swing. I worked on this aspect and now I am happy that I have both the speed and swing in my bowling,” Bhuvneshwar said.Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will start as favourites when they take on a struggling Kings XI Punjab.Disciplined bowlers have complemented Sunrisers’ batsmen with Bhuvneshwar (16 wickets) and young Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (10 wickets) proving their mettle with the ball.Bhuvneshwar also said that he does not think too much about the outcome of a game and only focuses on the process.”I think in T20 things are related to pressure and if you handle it well you are on top of your game. I think about process and not too much about results,” he said.”Actually, I never think that I have to be at top every time. Obviously, I have to do well in every game and series, that’s what I try to do. I try to improve and work on the swing and variation in my bowling.”advertisement”Depending on the format, if I am playing a Test match then reverse swing is something I always want to work on. When I made my debut I was not a reverse swing bowler or my pace was not what it is now,” he added.Bhuvneshwar, rated as one of the best death bowlers, captured his first five-wicket haul in IPL when Sunrisers defeated Kings XI Punjab by five runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad in an earlier game this season.”It is always challenging. I feel if you have to bowl yorkers, your every basic has to be correct. I feel death bowling is the toughest part in short format of the game,” he said.Asked if he feels there are any shortcomings in Sunrisers team which needs to be rectified, Bhuvneshwar said: “As a unit we have done well in every aspect of the game. We want to do well in all the departments of the game.”India’s Champions Trophy squad is slated to be announced soon, but Bhuvneshwar is hardly bothered regarding his place in the team and is only focused on giving his best whenever he gets a chance to play.”Competition is there and it is good. But as a cricketer such things do not remain in the back of our minds. We know when a team is to be selected, there is a pool of bowlers who will be selected. Everyone knows whoever is picked will be on the basis of his performance,” he said.
Vidarbha on Saturday became only the third team in Indian domestic cricket history to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup.The defending champions defeated Rest of India by virtue of their first innings lead on the fifth and final day of the match in Nagpur to retain the Irani Cup that they had won last year.Needing 280 for victory in the final innings, Vidarbha reached 269 for 5 before Rest of India captain Ajinkya Rahane decided to shake hands with his counterpart Faiz Fazal as the match ended in a draw but Vidarbha’s first innings lead of 95 runs proved to be the decisive factor.Before Vidarbha, only Bombay and Karnataka had managed to retain the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup titles.Vidarbha rode on half-centuries from Atharwa Taide (72) and Ganesh Satish (87) as the match ended in a draw but Vidarbha won on first innings lead. Vidarbha had scored 425 in their first innings in reply to Rest of India’s 330.After a poor start to their chase of 280, Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide ensured Vidarbha finish Day 4 with 37 for 1. The duo slowly but steadily revived the Vidarbha innings before putting the Ranji Trophy champions in a strong position.The duo then dominated the Rest of India bowlers and took control of the chase. The two batsmen were going strong before Rahul Chahar struck just before lunch on Day 5 when he trapped Sanjay Raghunath leg before wicket. Raghunath had scored 42 of 131 deliveries.Raghunath was also involved in a 116-run stand with Taide, who in the process completed his second half-centuy, for the second wicket.advertisementHowever, that did not stop Taide from playing an attacking game. Taide was joined by seasoned campaigner Ganesh Satish and the duo continued to dominate the proceedings.Soon after lunch, Chahar struck once again to remove Taide for 72 off 185 balls.Satish and Mohit Kale then took charge of the chase as the pair added 83 runs for the fourth wicket as Satih completed his 33rd half-century. But the stand was broken when Kale (37) was caught by Tanveer Ul-Haq off Dharmendrasinh Jadeja at the stroke of tea.With just 11 more required to win, Satish departed and it denied Vidarbha an outright win. The captain of Vidarbha Faiz Fazal and Rest of India skipper Ajinkya Rahane decided to call truce before Vidarbha completed the chase and the match ended in a draw.Also Read | Irani Cup 2019, Day 5: Rest of India vs Vidarbha highlightsAlso Read | Irani Cup: Umpire Nandan, who ruled Faiz Fazal out erroneously, hit on the head by ballAlso Read | Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya Sarwate
Barcelona Valverde praises powerful Paulinho as Barcelona’s perfect start goes on Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 05:28 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Barcelona Getafe v Barcelona Getafe Primera División Ernesto Valverde The impact made by the Brazilian and fellow substitutes Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu in a victory over Getafe delighted their manager at Camp Nou Ernesto Valverde praised the power of new signing Paulinho after his late winner gave Barcelona a 2-1 La Liga victory away to Getafe.Two of Valverde’s substitutes, Denis Suarez and Paulinho, struck after the break as Barca came from behind, the Brazil international’s winner coming with only six minutes remaining.Sporting 6/1 to beat Barcelona Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing That came after a dreadful first half that saw the visitors lose Ousmane Dembele to what they fear will be a torn hamstring– Gerard Deulofeu having to come on – and fall behind courtesy of Gaku Shibasaki’s spectacular strike for Getafe.Paulinho’s €40 million move from Guangzhou Evergrande last month raised eyebrows, but Valverde made a point of praising him and Suarez as well as Deulofeu’s impact off the bench after a fourth straight league win.”We wanted to break through the lines, to go deeper,” said Valverde. “If not, we would have kept crashing into a wall. “Deulofeu was daring in the one against ones, Denis was cool with his passes and his goal and Paulinho was successful with his power.”Scoring is important for them [Suarez and Paulinho] as individuals, it gives them both confidence. “It also shows that the squad has depth and that we have a lot of players who can contribute – and that includes players that aren’t here. “[All three of the subs] can get forward and they have goals in them. We had not rotated much from Tuesday against Juventus. Those who came on gave us freshness and end product.”Whether it is one player or another, what serves us well is to know that we are capable of reacting.”Come on 3 very important points to follow up!!!!! Congratulations @paulinhop8 pic.twitter.com/MqjcvBArZ9— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) September 16, 2017Valverde would not claim the credit for changing the game, adding: “There will be many times when you make a change and nothing happens or what you were thinking doesn’t happen.”The Barca head coach agreed with the scorer of Barca’s equaliser, Suarez, in feeling the pitch did not help his side as they struggled to reach peak form.Valverde said: “The win strengthens us because it was tough going forward, they pressed us well and it was hard to create danger. They closed us down well and squeezed us.”We struggled because to be honest we weren’t playing that quickly, although the pitch didn’t help either. It was dry and the ball didn’t run too much.”But regardless of that, we tried to turn things around. The opposition put us under pressure but this comeback reinforces our belief that we are indeed capable of reacting to difficulty.”We showed the perseverance to keep pushing forward and to turn the game around.”