Warriors get rings, then beat Thunder on NBA opening night

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum NBA: Celtics rout 76ers as Hayward, Irving return Klay Thompson shot just 5 of 20 for 14 points while center Damian Jones scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Warriors in his first career start and 26th game.Kerr knows his players are still getting in shape and looked tired, saying: “We didn’t look much like ourselves. It’s not surprising either. We need a couple more weeks.”Paul George scored 27 points for the Thunder, who struggled to find an offensive groove while missing star Russell Westbrook because of knee surgery last month.Oklahoma City trailed by 10 at the break then came out of halftime making 9-of-12 shots to go ahead 69-66 before the Warriors rallied.Versatile Warriors All-Star Draymond Green, limited during the preseason by a sore knee, wound up with two points, 13 rebounds and five assists in nearly 33 minutes. Kerr plans to monitor his minutes in the early games.ADVERTISEMENT Curry had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Durant added 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors opened their quest for a three-peat by holding off the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 on Tuesday night.“I love who we are, game 1 of 82,” Durant said. “Just keep grinding.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGolden State needed a strong fourth quarter after the two-time defending champions received their 2018 rings in a pregame ceremony shortly before tipoff and began the final season at Oracle Arena before a move across San Francisco Bay to new Chase Center.“It’s a great move for the organization. We know that but this place is special, so we want to make sure this is a special season,” coach Steve Kerr said. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. THE RINGSPlayers’ rings — what the team said are the first reversible championship rings ever — were lowered from the rafters with blue and yellow lightsabers.Kerr called them “obscenely beautiful” and noted he much prefers the banner raising for its significance.At the end of the ceremony, Curry took the microphone and called out longtime equipment manager and director of team operations Eric Housen to receive his ring in a lovely gesture to someone so important to the operation behind the scenes.Recently retired big man David West, part of the last two title teams, sat courtside and received his ring.Representatives from each of the franchise’s championship seasons were on hand for the festivities.UP NEXTThunder: At Clippers on Friday.Warriors: At Utah on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He told me if you look tired, I’m taking you out, so, maybe I’ll try to hide it,” Green joked at morning shootaround.Curry, who shot 11 for 20 with five 3s, notched 17 30-point performances during his injury-shortened 2017-18 season.These teams met in a season opener for the first time — though the Warriors won on the road against the Seattle SuperSonics in 1983.Golden State lost last year’s opener at Oracle after a title run, 122-121 to the Rockets.TIP-INSThunder: OKC started 1 for 9, missing its initial three 3-point tries, and went 6 of 23 in the opening period (1 for 9 on 3s). … The Thunder were outrebounded 57-46 but grabbed 16 on the offensive glass. … C Steven Adams started after he had been questionable with lower back stiffness.Warriors: Andre Iguodala experienced left calf tightness and played 10 minutes, all in the first half. … Reserve G Shaun Livingston, who had been questionable with right foot soreness, played 14 minutes. … The Warriors placed the three trophies from recent titles near the employee entrance so they could pose for photos before going to work. “One of the hallmarks of our organization is everybody matters, everybody is pulling in the same direction,” Kerr said. … Two-way F Alfonzo McKinnie made his Warriors debut as the first former Wisconsin-Green Bay player for Golden State. Then in the fourth, Jonas Jerebko made his debut to become the first Swedish-born player to appear for the Warriors.MOMENT OF SILENCEThe Warriors showed a photo of late Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen on the big screen wearing a Portland hat, offering a tribute and moment of silence. Allen, a Microsoft co-founder who also owned the Seattle Seahawks, died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his company Vulcan Inc. He was 65.ROCK THE VOTEKerr encouraged fans to register to vote in a #RockTheVote message on the scoreboard, while the Warriors also did so on social media with Twitter and Facebook posts. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, speaks to fans during an awards ceremony to recognize the team’s NBA championship prior to a basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry is coming off an injury-plagued season and a summer he thought might be among his best yet.On a festive night of celebration as another championship banner went up, Curry brought his usual flair and dazzle. Kevin Durant did all of the little things, too.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

NOCAL Audit, Not Severance Benefits

first_imgFollowing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s endorsement of the recommendation of the Board of National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to pay severance benefits to the entity’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Dr. Randolph McClain and other officials, an anti-corruption group has described the president’s action as “unfortunate and supportive of corrupt practices in the public sector.Central for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) last Friday during a press conference alleged that it was Dr. McClain’s “poor judgment” which had plunged the oil company into a serious financial crisis and as such, he and his colleagues do not deserve any lucrative benefits from NOCAL.Recently, President Sirleaf, addressing a press conference at her Ministry of Foreign Affairs office called for the immediate retirement of Dr. McClain and several others with severance pay to be approved by the Board of NOCAL.She did not mention how much money NOCAL’s board has allotted for McClain and his deputies as severance benefits neither did she say where the money would come from, with NOCAL teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.Mr. Anderson Miaman, acting executive director of CENTAL, said it is surprising that the president whose government has been stigmatized with corruption could endorse NOCAL board’s recommendation.Miaman suggested that the best thing President Sirleaf could have done was to order an immediate independent audit and an investigation to understand how millions of United States Dollars disappeared over the years from NOCAL.But, he said, he believes that the president was only interested in using taxpayers’ money to pay huge severance benefits to Dr. McClain and his collaborators.“What is even more baffling is the president’s decision to endorse NOCAL board’s recommendation to pay huge severance benefits to these very individuals whose poor judgment led to bankrupting the entity,” adding, “we take serious exception to her action and urge the president to rethink her decision.”Mr. Miaman said the most logical action would have been dismissals and the referral of McClain and his deputies to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).“We cannot continue to encourage misuse of the country’s resources by paying bonuses and benefits to individuals whose poor judgments lead to misuse of meager public resources on activities with no tangible benefits and impact on the lives of the people,” he stated.“We anticipated that the president would have forwarded senior officials and board members of the entity to the LACC to verify their assets and determine whether or not they illegally acquired wealth while serving in their respective positions,” Mr. Miaman complained.“That course of action is necessary to support efforts to fight corruption and ensure that public resources are judiciously expended and properly accounted for no matter who are involved.”NOCAL, he alleged paying fabulous benefits and travel allowances to a handful of Legislators and senior executives of the company in the name of compensations for countywide, local and international consultations on the Draft Petroleum Law of Liberia.“We are faced with the harsh reality of the institution’s bankruptcy and its inability to maintain its current workforce. If all the signs and recommendations coming from different circles of the public had been heeded, this embarrassing situation would have been averted,” Miaman stated.CENTAL is part of a consortium of civil society organizations committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in Liberia’ oil sector which recommended to the government that it should investigate spending by NOCAL during the consultation on the draft petroleum law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies conclude exhibition set with Tigers with 3-0 victory

first_imgScoring for the Huskies were Jacob Lang, Shawn Wilson, and Lou-Turnbull Giesbrecht. Lane Delfs stopped all 22 shots he faced.The Huskies will have four practice sessions before opening the regular season on the road in Beaverlodge October 4. That will be followed by the team’s home opener on October 9 against Sexsmith.The league schedule meanwhile will begin on Friday with Dawson Creek in Peace River, and Sexsmith visiting Fairview. The Huskies put a bow on their pre-season schedule yesterday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Vermilion Tigers. The shutout victory had the team’s coaching staff feeling better about the work of the squad after they showed improved play in many areas including the defensive end.The improvement, especially defensively was a pleasant surprise as the Huskies were short staffed on the blue line heading into the contest according to assistant coach Andrew Riddell.“I thought we played pretty well defensively tonight. We were a little short handed on the back end. We improved on a lot from last night [Saturday]. They played as a cohesive team down there. We weren’t in our zone for very long,” he said.- Advertisement -The club’s veterans also stood out Riddell added as they took an active role in coaching the new players on the team, in turn allowing those with less experience to benefit by the example being set out on the ice.Coaches have been stressing the importance of getting the puck out of their own end as quickly as possible to generate a quicker attack and better offence overall, and Sunday’s game was the first time the team played well at both ends of the ice.“As we always tell the guys we want to play in the fun zone. Five to seven seconds in our zone and out. That’s something that we’ve worked on a lot. The start of the year has been quick passes in our zone, use our support guy, and into the offensive zone we go,” Riddell said.Advertisementlast_img read more

More goals, a centre-back and a striker – Arsenal fans’ verdict on what is needed

first_img 4. ‘Keep Walcott healthy’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – It’s surprising that someone with the finishing prowess Walcott possesses has only surpassed 10 goals once in his career. As he showed against West Brom, when Walcott is fully fit he can be deadly. Arsenal need to find a way of keeping him healthy. Back-to-back FA Cup wins have given Arsenal fans some long overdue success to cheer about, but if the Gunners are to win a first Premier League title since the ‘Invincibles’, they will have to make a few more tweaks to their squad.Signing Petr Cech from Chelsea has almost certainly ended their search for a top class goalkeeper but the work isn’t over for manager Arsene Wenger if he is to bring the title to the Emirates.Click the arrow above, right, to see seven things Arsenal fans want to see this season. 8 7. ‘Ozil to step up’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – The World Cup winner’s talent is undeniable, but Ozil is yet to light up the Emirates in his first two seasons. However, this will be the first time the Germany international has had a full pre-season with the Gunners and at full fitness he’ll be raring to go. 2. ‘Get back up for Coquelin’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – The dynamic Frenchman’s emergence was one of the biggest successes for the Gunners last season. Matheiu Flamini has failed to make the same impression in his second spell at the club and fans are concerned about the effect a potential Coquelin injury would have on the team given Jack Wilshere’s absence. 8 3. ‘Sign a new striker’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – Alexis Sanchez couldn’t have done much more in his maiden season at Arsenal, but the team could do with a pure goal scorer to lead the line. Olivier Giroud scores goals but is patchy in the biggest games, Welbeck has been used out wide and Theo Walcott’s fitness is an issue. Fans are clamouring for either Karim Benzema or Alexandre Lacazette to solve the team’s profligacy. 8 1. ‘Bring in a new centre-back’ – click the arrow above, right, to see seven other things Arsenal fans are saying – With the new Premier League season almost upon us, talkSPORT looks at what Arsenal fans want to see from their team, starting with new defensive depth. Laurent Koscielny has improved immeasurably over the last couple of seasons but Per Mertesacker is still prone to the occasional lapse in concentration and Gabriel is still adapting to the league. More depth is needed to ward off any potential defensive crisis. 8. ‘Score more goals’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – It seems odd to say the division’s second highest scorers need to score more, but a cursory glance at the team’s squad shows a number of players didn’t score as many as they perhaps should have. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck all scored less that five Premier League goals whilst injury victims Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott would both expect to score more, too. 5. ‘Turn up against big teams’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – Last season Arsenal only managed one win – a 2-0 victory at Man City – in their games against other inhabitants of the top four. If the Gunners are going to overhaul Chelsea at the top of the league, they’d do well to take more points off their rivals. 8 6. ‘Aaron Ramsey needs to find consistency’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – Two seasons ago, Ramsey was Arsenal’s key man, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, whereas last campaign the Welshman plundered just one goal between August and March. On his day Ramsey can be a key weapon for Arsenal and it would massively help their cause if he could find more consistency. 8 8 8 8last_img read more


first_imgA man charged with speeding has told a Judge that there are 22 families in the same townland as him with the same surname.The man, a Mr Boyce, appeared at Letterkenny District Court after being detected by a Go Safe speed camera van.The court was told that Mr Boyce was registered doing 71kph in a 60kph zone. However Mr Boyce appeared in court and said he had never received a summons to pay the fine.He told Judge Alan Mitchell that there was an issue with letters sometimes getting mixed up in the area as there was 22 families with the same surname as him living in the same townland.And to make matters even more complicated, up to five different people had the same first name as him.Judge Mitchell said he was left with no option but to struck out the charge.MAN CHARGED WITH SPEEDING TOLD JUDGE THERE WERE 22 FAMILIES WITH SAME SURNAME was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BoycedonegalGo Safe Vanspeedinglast_img read more

Brand SA unveils 2010 campaign

first_imgA still from the television advert inviting allof Africa to rally behind the 2010 FifaWorld Cup.The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), the custodian of Brand South Africa, has launched a major campaign to spark enthusiasm and unite the country and the continent behind the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.Download the press release here (PDF, 42 KB)Anchoring the campaign are two stunning new television adverts, one inviting Africa to rally behind the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the other celebrating ordinary South Africans as the “champions” who will make the World Cup a success.View Vuvuzela: Africa’s Call on SouthAfrica.infoView Team South Africa’s Champions on SouthAfrica.infoThe adverts aim to “drive excitement for a football championship that is going to be colourful, vibrant, intoxicating and alive with a fusion of cultures, dance, song and music,” IMC acting CEO Paul Bannister said in a statement on Monday.Bannister described the campaign as uniquely South African. “It exudes warmth, is inspirational, involving and makes you feel proud. The campaign is about celebration and solidarity, encapsulating the African and South African spirit of ubuntu.”A collaboration between the IMC, South African Tourism and the 2010 Local Organising Committee, the campaign was launched at the annual Indaba travel trade show in Durban on Monday.The partnership seeks to achieve a holistic approach to marketing the World Cup, with a domestic component that celebrates and encourages the active involvement of South Africans in the 2009 and 2010 events.The TV adverts will be complemented by an online campaign – harnessing the IMC’s South Africa portal www.southafrica.info, the SA Tourism website www.southafrica.net, social networking and mobile sites – to help South Africans get ready to welcome the world in 2009 and 2010.Monday’s launch at Indaba featured an invitation to South Africans to learn “the diski dance … and to start feeling the excitement that’s growing all over the world for the biggest showcase of capability and hospitality in the history of the country.”At the same time, it emphasised that South Africa will be hosting the World Cup on behalf of the continent.“From the onset, we have said that this World Cup does not belong to South Africa alone, but to all of Africa,” said South African Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle. “In developing a communication campaign specifically targeting this aspect, and communicating in a manner that is widely appreciated, fun and contagious, we are firmly positioning this event and the host continent as alive and vibrant.”Bannister said it was time for Africans and South Africans to “start to celebrate the 2010 World Cup with passion and enthusiasm. We believe that this campaign will begin to ignite the nation. South Africa is going to generate and have fun.“If we host this event to the very best of our ability and show the world real South African hospitality, the country and the continent will benefit enormously, and the World Cup will be the springboard that it has always promised to be.“Ke nako – it really is time for this continent to celebrate and deliver to the world the spectacular party and celebration it’s been waiting for.”The adverts will flight on various South African television channels from Monday, and launch elsewhere on the continent this week.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaSouth African TourismSouthAfrica.infoTourism Indaba 2009South Africa 2010Fifalast_img read more

Pirates down Chiefs, defend MTN 8 title

first_imgFor the first time since 1988, Orlando Pirates beat arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in a cup final when they scored a 1-0 victory after extra time in the MTN 8 final at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday night. Eight was the Buccaneer’s lucky number: as winners of the top eight competition for an eighth time, Pirates picked up the winners’ cheque of R8-million. ControlAfter the break Pirates started to control the game and defender Siyabonga Sangweni headed narrowly over the crossbar from a corner kick. In the 70th minute a similar opportunity fell Sangweni’s way, but this time Amakhosi goalie Itumeleng Khune stopped Sangweni’s shot. with a smart one-handed save. In the last 10 minutes Chiefs’ substitute S’thembiso Ngcobo had two chances in quick succession to steal a victory for his side, but Pirates’ net-minder Moneeb Josephs stopped Ngcobo’s first shot with a good save low to his right and the striker was just wide of the mark with his second opportunity, a header from a corner. It was a successful defence of the title they claimed in October 2010 after a penalty shootout win over Moroka Swallows. The last team to achieve back-to-back titles in the competition was, ironically, their opponents in the final, Chiefs. It was also Pirates’ fourth title won out of the last five on offer. Fans of the Soweto giants won’t have to wait long for another derby. The teams meet at the FNB Stadium again on 17 September, but silverware won’t be up for grabs as it is a PSL match. A massive crowd of over 90 000 was subjected to a tepid first half, with neither team really threatening the other’s goal as a deadlocked battle took place in midfield. There were a couple of headed opportunities for both teams, but the goalkeepers dealt with them comfortably. ‘The happiest man in the world’Following his side’s win, Pirates’ coach Julio Leal said at the post-match press conference: “Tonight, I’m the happiest man in the world, not because we won but because we also played well. center_img 13 September 2011 WinnerChiefs pushed hard for victory in extra time, but it was Pirates who found the breakthrough, courtesy of midfielder Oupa Manyisa. He struck a long range shot that dipped and bounced awkwardly in front of goalkeeper Khune, who should have stopped it. However, the ball bounced a touch more than he expected and hit the back of the net. “I’m very happy to score another goal,” Manyisa said afterwards, “but what is important for me is to help the team win trophies. At the moment, I’m enjoying my football. I don’t want to take credit because at the end of the day we are playing as a team.” “This is a good start for us this season. It’s good for our confidence level. I think my players played very well, they fought very hard for the whole match. I think today we showed that we are a team that is capable of winning.” With time almost up and extra time beckoning striker Bongani Ndalula looked to have won it for the Buccaneers with a header, but referee Victor Hlungwani controversially decided that Ndalula had pushed Chiefs’ defender Dominic Isaacs and a free kick went the Amakhosi’s way. Television replays suggested that it was a harsh decision. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Economy to grow at 3% in 2012: Busa

first_imgBusa said it wanted to turn many more South Africans into a nation of victors over adversity and deprivation rather than victims trapped on welfare dependency. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) says it expects South Africa’s economy to grow by 3% in 2012. Implications for growth include volatility in the exchange rate and the country’s trade balance would persist for the time being. Busa said that, depending on developments abroad, the rand could weaken again if a sustainable, practical plan was not devised soon to resolve the Eurozone debt crisis. He said while this was positive growth, it was insufficient to meet South Africa’s socio-economic challenges, especially given the downside risk. “At this rate, it will take South Africa much longer to reach its job creation and other socio-economic targets.” Presenting Busa’s economic and business outlook for the country in 2012 this week, Busa deputy CEO Raymond Parsons said that, looking at the present evidence, a 3% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) trajectory though 2012 could be expected in a best-case scenario. Busa said there should be no “tax shocks” when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tables the country’s Budget in February, given the vulnerability of the economic recovery and the uncertain global situation which would damage business confidence and harm growth potential. “Aggressive taxation may defeat its own ends by diminishing the income to be taxed,” Busa cautioned. “Either strengthen public sector delivery, keeping government affordable and the tax burden reasonable or face a continued failure to ensure delivery, leading to rising costs, reductions in services and greater financing challenges.” It said that keeping state spending under control would continue to require a streamlining of government and what it delivers. “The general rule should be that government spending should boost growth and reduce poverty.” “There are whirlpools on both sides, not on one only. If a serious global recession does unfold, then South Africa’s growth rate could well fall below 3% next year,” Parsons said. Inflation within target range “A renewed recession in the global economy may even promote a further cut in rates in South Africa as recently suggested by the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development]. Meanwhile, headline inflation was expected to continue hovering at the upper range of the Reserve Bank’s inflation target range. Core inflation remained well within the target range, with little sign of secondary inflation. As such, Busa expects interest rates to be kept unchanged for the time being, probably well into 2012. Parsons added that President Jacob Zuma had recently warned that welfare payments could continue to grow out of proportion to tax revenues. “There remains a clear and urgent choice for South Africa which is reflected in both the New Growth Path (NGP) and National Development Plan (NDP) roadmaps,” said Parsons. According to Busa’s impressions, corporate balance sheets were currently strong and clean. “It is necessary to underpin the role of business and investor confidence in order to promote economic recovery,” said Parsons. Source: BuaNews Keeping state spending under control 7 December 2011last_img read more

AppExchange Win: FreshBooks Now Connects with Salesforce.com

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise steven walling Today, the Salesforce AppExchange has acquired one of the most-requested additions to the Salesforce.com CRM: integration with FreshBooks, the popular Web-based invoicing software. Built by cloud development agency FirmCloud in collaboration with FreshBooks, the FreshBooks Connector for Salesforce allows an enterprise to smoothly create an invoice for a contact or opportunity within their CRM.Before the integration was announced, hundreds of Salesforce CRM customers had requested that some bright AppExchange developer take advantage of the FreshBooks APIs. Despite the popularity of Salesforce.com, FreshBooks had first been connected to four other CRM systems.In terms of functionality, it looks like converting contacts and opportunities in Salesforce.com to invoices is fairly easy. In addition to simply moving data from one platform to the other, the Connector creates a tab within your CRM to monitor activities on your 20 most recent invoices. There’s a 15-day free trial for the app, but after that it’ll cost you $50/month per organization. Overall, this new app is a match made in heaven, for sales at least. If you’re seeking to try it out however, you’ll have to get it direct from FirmCloud, since it’s strangely hidden as a private feature in the AppExchange. center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

India can win World T20 says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly doesn’t believe in picking favourites but is sure the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team has the wherewithal to challenge any country in all three formats of cricket. He feels the next month’s World T20 tournament will be no different.Ex-India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, too, feels India is a “bloody good side”, but he also pointed out that at least six teams are capable of winning the title as the T20 format provides more scope to lesser teams to excel. “There’ll be surprises,” he predicted.They expressed their opinions on a variety of issues – from the inclusion of spinners Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla to the comeback of left-hander Yuvraj Singh – at a press meet where the T20 World Cup trophy was also displayed here on Tuesday.”India will always have [good] chances in any format. They have got the team to win the title,” Ganguly pointed out. “India have match winners like Dhoni, Kohli, Gambhir and Sehwag, who can clear the boundary at will.”India are clubbed with England and Afghanistan in Group A, and after the league phase two teams will qualify for the quarter-finals, called Super Eights, in the tournament that runs from September 18-October 7.Manjrekar termed India as a “bloody good” team, but predicted that surprises were in store. “Five or six teams are likely to win it,” he said. “In T20 format, weaker teams have a better chance of beating stronger teams. There’s a lot at stake, and we’ve got to be at our best from the start.” He felt that the short duration of the tournament also makes it more competitive.advertisementHarbhajan, 32, makes a comeback to the national team after disastrous tours of the West Indies and England last year. Though his poor form continued at the start of his stint with Sussex in the English county competitions, he has lately shown signs of returning to form.The Punjab slow bowler has direct competition with the preferred offie R Ashwin – who plays for the Chennai Super Kings, led by India captain Dhoni – if not so much from leg-spinner Chawla.Ganguly, who backed Harbhajan wholeheartedly during his captaincy, said that even today he is among the top three off-spinners in India.”You can call it my bias or love for Harbhajan but if you are picking three best spinners in the country, he’s got to be among them. Harbhajan is one bowler who should be playing all three formats of the game.”Ganguly said that the K Srikkanth-headed selection committee should have kept Harbhajan out of the team for a maximum of six months.”I still believe one year was a bit too long time to keep Harbhajan out of the Indian team. The board should have spoken to him and told him that ‘look we are giving you six months’ time to sort out your bowling’,” he felt. “You can’t keep a bowler like him in domestic cricket for too long. If you have played for the country for 12 years, you are bound to have one bad season. But he has got [nearly] 700 international wickets, which is no mean feat.”It, however, remains to be seen if Dhoni picks Harbhajan ahead of Ashwin.Yuvraj is back after recovering from cancer and Ganguly said that an indication of his match fitness could be ascertained in the upcoming T20 Internationals against New Zealand at home. “Personally, I’ll not say that I’m not worried about his health,” he said.last_img read more