Asia Cup: Pakistan edge out India in a thrilling chase
Connect with us

Sports

Asia Cup: Pakistan edge out India in a thrilling chase

Odyssey News

Published

on

Pakistan edge out India in a thrilling
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

Rizwan, Nawaz help overhaul 181 with one ball to spare in Asia Cup.

The sign of a team that is still a study in progress and not one that is hurtling to invincibility.

Less than two months for the World Cup, India are still prone to bouts of cluelessness. Passages of the game wherein they look utterly stunned, bereft of answers, ideas and imagination. Like when Rizwan shifted through the gears. As dangerous a batsman as he is, they fed him with too many loose balls, which ensured that he could score freely without embracing risks. Yuzvendra Chahal provided him with plenty of width to cut. Hardik gifted him with length balls on the leg-side, which he routinely demolished. Even the usually precise Bhuvneshwar let him off to a smooth start. Arshdeep was easy fodder for him as he hefted him for a fierce six over square-leg. Every stroke to the boundary seemed like a slash on India’s belief. Inch by inch, they surrendered, much before they had lost, on the penultimate ball of the game.

His confidence restored after the Hong Kong game, Rizwan controlled the chase with the finesse and mastery of a conductor at the London Opera. He knew which shots to play, and which not to; when to play them and when not to. He ensured that Pakistan did not panic after they lost Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. After the Hong Kong game, he had said: “We would look to be brave and calm.” And so they were.

Old frailties

Perhaps, Rizwan would have been impossible to stop in this rampaging form. But worryingly, India were clueless in dealing with the promoted Mohammad Nawaz. As the left-hander strode in, they seemed shocked. And when he began to unleash his artillery of strokes, India were not just caught off-guard, but seemed frightened, as though they did not have a plan for him. Nawaz comes with a reputation of clean hitting — in interviews he proudly talks of his batting, and to back his claims, he has a T20 strike rate of 124 and five half-centuries — and he enhanced his reputation with a torrent of boundaries in his 20-ball-42, which was as central to Pakistan’s victory as Rizwan’s 71.

“My batting is as important as bowling. I perhaps put more time on my batting than bowling,” he had once said.

There was a clarity in his hitting — it was not a blind, mad knock, but one where he leant on his percentage strokes. The swings were often down the line, and not across. The base was firm and the head usually still. “We needed 10 runs per over when I walked in to bat, so I knew I had to attack every chance I got. My mind was clear that I’d hit out at every ball in my zone. I didn’t try and overplay, which you sometimes can when you’re under pressure,” he said.

Perhaps, it was the possibility of facing two leg-spinners that encouraged his promotion. But he did not limit his destruction to the leg-spinners — he was especially brutal on Chahal, whom he carted for three fours — but extended the punishment to the seamers too. Hardik, the previous Sunday’s hero, was thundered over long-off, before he smashed him for two fours in three balls. The 63-run rummaging stand in 6.3 overs took the match inexorably beyond India’s grasp.

There was Nawaz to hurt India in every nook. He was Pakistan’s thriftiest bowler, conceding just 6.25 runs per over, pulling the plug on India’s pacy start, with a masterful control over his length. He prised out the precious wicket of Suryakumar Yadav before he swallowed Hardik at short third-man, lunging forward to grasp the ball that was dying in front of him. He then duly settled under Deepak Hooda’s skier too. Not surprisingly, he was adjudged Player of the Match.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Former Olympians condole death of Pakistan hockey great Manzoor Junior

Madison Franz

Published

on

Former Olympians condole death of Pakistan hockey great Manzoor Junior
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

LAHORE: Former hockey Olympians and international players of Kenya and India have condoled death of former Pakistan Olympian Manzoor Hussain Junior who died due to cardiac arrest on August 29 in Lahore. The 63-year-old’s death news came as a shock to the sport’s community.

Manzoor – born in Sialkot in 1958 – bagged 86 goals in 175 outings for Pakistan in his international career that spanned from 1975-84. Expressing their condolence on the death of Manzoor, foreign players paid rich tributes to the departed soul. In their messages they also prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul.

“Late Manzoor Junior toured Kenya and Tanzania with a young Pakistan team in 1974,” said former Kenya hockey captain Surjit Singh Rihal. “I had the privilege of playing against Manzoor a number of times between 1974 and 1982. He was a brilliant forward and had very good stick work.

His movements with the ball were always very threatening for the opponents and his passes to the very speedy Pakistan wingers were constant pressure on the defenders. My sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.”

Former Kenya hockey international Brajinder Daved said he first played against Manzoor Junior in 1970 along with Khalid Mahmood and Kaleem Ullah at the City Park Hockey Stadium. “Pakistan had come to Kenya to play six matches against Kenya. Later in June 1980 we played again at City Park Hockey Stadium, Nairobi when Akhtar Rasool, Rashid-ul-Hassan, Syed Safdar Abbas, Riaz Shah, Manzoor Jr and Kaleem Ullah Khan were also part of the team.

Condolences from me and may Manzoor’s soul rest in peace,” added Brajinder Daved. Another Kenya international hockey player Davinder Degan said: “Sad to hear of Manzoor’s passing away. May his soul rest in peace. Kenya international hockey player Jagmel Singh Rooprai said:

“Very sad to hear the news. I had the privilege to play against him a couple of times though he was quite junior to me. RIP

India’s 1975 World Cup winning captain Ajitpal Singh stated:

“God bless the departed soul to rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to the family.” Former Indian international Syed Ali said: “We were the youngest members of the Indian and Pakistan teams at the Montreal Olympic Games.

Manzoor Jr was a feared and dashing all time great inside right with superb ball control and goal scoring ability. Allah unko Jannat Naseeb kare.” India’s Mervyn Fernandes, a triple Olympian (1980, 84, 88) and gold medalist 1980, in his message said:

What a brilliant and talented player he was. Manzoor Junior was made of a rare mold. RIP Manzoor Hussain” Former Kenya hockey player Raphael Fernandes also condoled the death of Manzoor Junior.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Hockey stadium to have big screens for Asia Cup final

Madison Franz

Published

on

Hockey stadium to have big screens for Asia Cup final
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

LAHORE: The Sports Board Punjab will install the biggest TV screens at the National Hockey Stadium for the cricket fans to see live coverage of the final of the T20 Asia Cup-2022 to be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Last month, the stadium made the headlines due to a political party’s public meeting for which AstroTurf was removed.

Former Olympians condole death of Pakistan hockey great Manzoor Junior

LAHORE: Former hockey Olympians and international players of Kenya and India have condoled death of former Pakistan Olympian Manzoor Hussain Junior who died due to cardiac arrest on August 29 in Lahore. The 63-year-old’s death news came as a shock to the sport’s community. Manzoor – born in Sialkot in 1958 – bagged 86 goals in 175 outings for Pakistan in his international career that spanned from 1975-84. Expressing their condolence on the death of Manzoor, foreign players paid rich tributes to the departed soul. In their messages they also prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul.

“Late Manzoor Junior toured Kenya and Tanzania with a young Pakistan team in 1974,” said former Kenya hockey captain Surjit Singh Rihal. “I had the privilege of playing against Manzoor a number of times between 1974 and 1982. He was a brilliant forward and had very good stick work. His movements with the ball were always very threatening for the opponents and his passes to the very speedy Pakistan wingers were constant pressure on the defenders. My sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.”

Former Kenya hockey international Brajinder Daved said he first played against Manzoor Junior in 1970 along with Khalid Mahmood and Kaleem Ullah at the City Park Hockey Stadium. “Pakistan had come to Kenya to play six matches against Kenya. Later in June 1980 we played again at City Park Hockey Stadium, Nairobi when Akhtar Rasool, Rashid-ul-Hassan, Syed Safdar Abbas, Riaz Shah, Manzoor Jr and Kaleem Ullah Khan were also part of the team. Condolences from me and may Manzoor’s soul rest in peace,” added Brajinder Daved. Another Kenya international hockey player Davinder Degan said: “Sad to hear of Manzoor’s passing away. May his soul rest in peace. Kenya international hockey player Jagmel Singh Rooprai said: “Very sad to hear the news. I had the privilege to play against him a couple of times though he was quite junior to me. RIP.”

India’s 1975 World Cup winning captain Ajitpal Singh stated: “God bless the departed soul to rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to the family.” Former Indian international Syed Ali said: “We were the youngest members of the Indian and Pakistan teams at the Montreal Olympic Games.

Manzoor Jr was a feared and dashing all time great inside right with superb ball control and goal scoring ability. Allah unko Jannat Naseeb kare.” India’s Mervyn Fernandes, a triple Olympian (1980, 84, 88) and gold medalist 1980, in his message said: “What a brilliant and talented player he was. Manzoor Junior was made of a rare mold. RIP Manzoor Hussain” Former Kenya hockey player Raphael Fernandes also condoled the death of Manzoor Junior.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka had qualified for the final after they defeated India and Afghanistan in the Super Four Stage.

 

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Pakistan look to end decade-long Asia Cup drought but Sri Lanka have psychological edge

Madison Franz

Published

on

Pakistan look to end decade-long Asia Cup drought but Sri Lanka have psychological edge
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

Will Pakistan win their third Asia Cup? Or will Sri Lanka be crowned for the sixth time?

It is a tournament Pakistan love but a tournament that hasn’t always loved them back. Pakistan’s lack of success over this competition’s four-decade history has been baffling, given, if history is a guide, there are only three possible destinations for this trophy. For the first half of the tournament’s existence, India and Sri Lanka played musical chairs, with Pakistan kept out in the cold, making only one of the first six finals.
They won the Sharjah Cup, the Nehru Cup and even the World Cup during this time, but the Asia Cup remained elusive. It wasn’t until 2000 that a Moin Khan-led side finally touched the one piece of silverware that Pakistan had been denied. But it took them another 12 years for their next title. It has been a further decade since, and while India and Sri Lanka have split a dozen of these between them, Pakistan cherish the memories of those two.
The tournament has evolved, this particular edition is in the T20 format, and fans been gifted a vintage Pakistan side: wild, excitable, unpredictable, and against all odds, still here. The manner of India’s routing of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka’s subsequent dismantling of Pakistan means those two Naseem Shah sixes really were the difference between qualification and elimination. Now, Babar Azam has the chance to achieve what only Moin and Misbah-ul-Haq have accomplished for Pakistan – the official continental supremacy.
Pakistan have not necessarily looked destined for glory this fortnight, beginning with a final-over defeat to arch-rivals India. They inflicted a loss on that same opponent a week later to invigorate a flagging campaign, but stumbles against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka suggest a lot of work still needs to be done – not just with bat in hand, but, for this young side, also when it comes to keeping emotions in control; there was evidence in that game against Afghanistan that nerves, and perhaps tempers, threatened to get the better of them at crucial moments.
Tempers are less likely to flare in the final, though. Each Asia Cup side has had a complicated relationship with the others, but Pakistan vs Sri Lanka is perhaps the friendliest fixture of all. Throughout most of their history, these two nations have enjoyed cordial relations, and been there for each other in their toughest times. That warmth has been evident on the field as well, and there is no reason that should change.
A Sri Lankan redemption arc, though, is perhaps a neater, easier graph to chart, though nonetheless dramatic for it. Not many would have expected Sri Lanka to be here after they were blown away by eight wickets and almost ten overs to spare in the opening game by Afghanistan. Against Bangladesh, too, they looked done for in a steep chase until Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, and Bangladesh’s own mistakes saw them sneak through to the Super 4s.
But since then, their campaign has turned around. The batters, right through to the lower order, played modern, aggressive, entertaining cricket that has lit up this tournament, gaining them fans outside that little paradise of an island itself. Afghanistan were swiftly avenged, before a thrilling win against India effectively saw them through to the final. The way their batters held their nerve at the death against India made that win especially impressive as they trumped an opposition that had beaten them in 14 of the last 17 T20Is.
The win against Pakistan in the last game of the Super 4 round perhaps means they go into the final as favourites, but not mentioning the value of the toss would be irresponsible. Only three times has a team defended successfully in the tournament – Hong Kong’s two opponents and India against Afghanistan – and while there have been plenty of close games to suggest it needn’t have been that way, the value of winning the toss cannot be overstated.

Form guide

Pakistan LWWWL (last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WWWWL

In the spotlight

Whether you’re Team Total Attack or Team Platform Building, Pakistan’s T20 fortunes are tethered firmly to the kind of day Mohammad Rizwan is having. He might take his time and hold up one end, which gives the rest of the side something of a comfort blanket – that only becomes really apparent in how exposed the side feels when he falls early. Even better for Pakistan, if he could find his timing from relatively early on and get them off to a rapid, if not flying, start. A struggling Rizwan often means a struggling Pakistan, not just because his runs might be missed, but because Rizwan in the right mood lifts the spirit of the entire side. He has become this T20I side’s heartbeat, as well as the bellwether of its performances.
Wanindu Hasaranga doesn’t mind playing against Pakistan. The 3 for 21 he picked up in the dry run for the final wasn’t a one-off. Quite literally, in the sense that he had registered those precise numbers in a T20I in Lahore as well to help Sri Lanka clean sweep Pakistan 3-0. It was really that tour of Pakistan that kickstarted his career, and he hasn’t looked back since. Pakistan remain, statistically, one of his most favoured opponents, against whom he has bagged 11 wickets in four matches. These include a Player-of-the-Series award as well as two Player-of-the-Match performances. Add to that his ability to contribute runs down the order, and it becomes clear why his battle against Pakistan might be key to the destination of the Asia Cup.

Pitch and conditions

It will be hot and dry again, as it has been all fortnight.

Team news

After resting a few players in the last game, Pakistan should revert to the side that won three games in a row prior to Friday’s defeat.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Iftikhar Ahmed, 5 Khushdil Shah, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Asif Ali, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Naseem Shah, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Mohammad Hasnain
Sri Lanka may consider bringing Asitha Fernando back, but after that commanding bowling performance on Friday, an unchanged XI is more likely.
Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Kusal Mendis (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Dhananjaya de Silva, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 6 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Pramod Madushan, 11 Dilshan Madushanka

Stats and trivia

  • Haris Rauf is three strikes shy of 50 T20I wickets.
  • This is the fourth time Sri Lanka and Pakistan are playing an Asia Cup final, with Sri Lanka winning two of the previous three.

Quotes

“When building a team, it is great for us that different players have stood up when it counts and helped the team win matches. As a captain, this is important for me, and it helps pave the path for future success for the team as well.”
Babar Azam relishes the contributions from multiple players this competition
“As a tournament, looking back, this has been one of the best Asia Cups we have had, and we are looking forward to the final.”
Dasun Shanaka has his eyes firmly on the prize
Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Asia Cup final: Best of frenemies Pakistan and Sri Lanka set for another edition of old, but cordial rivalry

Madison Franz

Published

on

Asia Cup final: Best of frenemies Pakistan and Sri Lanka set for another edition of old, but cordial rivalry
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

After the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Super Four game ended and the players waited for the presentation ceremony, Babar Azam and Wanindu Hasaranga were spotted engaged in a chat near the boundary rope. Both were chuckling and guffawing, even though Hasaranga had taken out Babar in the match. Beside them, Mohammad Rizwan, Dasun Shanaka and Kusal Mendis were rolling in laughter.

Not far from them Maheesh Theekshana was obediently listening to Saqlain Mushtaq, like an apprentice to a master. Some time ago, Wasim Akram was seen talking to Sri Lanka’s left-arm seamer Dilshan Madhushanka. As the players exited the stadium, a horde of Sri Lankan fans sought the autograph of Naseem Shah, just as a few Pakistan teenagers were queuing up beside Hasaranga for his signature.

Evident thus was an overwhelming camaraderie, an uncomplicated natural friendly vibe, not one for the camera, but one fostered by their frequent cricketing exchanges, their shared experience playing in leagues around the world and historically smooth cricketing ties.

So much so that it’s the most harmonious of cricketing rivalries in the subcontinent, unstained by geopolitical tensions or cultural antagonism.

Pakistan-India match-ups might be devoid of the old hostility, but it is still an intense rivalry with deep nationalistic undertones, so much so that another bilateral series between them is a distant possibility.

Pakistan-Afghanistan encounters could be crudely bitter affairs, as was witnessed in Headingley and Sharjah. Pakistan-Bangladesh match-ups too have an uneasy, expected layer of friction. Bangladesh-Sri Lanka face-offs, a pure cricketing rivalry though it is, have of late turned spicy, replete with heated barbs and cartoonish charades. So have India-Bangladesh duels turned out to be.

Among the mutually squabbling South Asian cricketing siblings exists the Pakistan-Sri Lanka rivalry as an island of peace. Not that they have no reasons to emerge as a feisty rivalry, from the mid-90s to mid-2010s, they competed for continental and global glory, had players capable of turning the scene ugly, and there was a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore, yet they have maintained firm and cordial ties, cricketing-wise as well as diplomatically.

In troubled times, they have been by each other’s side, lugging onto the shoulder. Upon cricket’s resumption in Pakistan, no team has toured the country as frequently as Sri Lanka have.

In the last five years, they have travelled to Pakistan three times, twice for white-ball series and in 2019 for Test matches.

No team had visited the UAE for a full-fledged series against Pakistan as much as Sri Lanka (three times in seven years) had either. They were each other’s dial-a-friend lifeline.

There is a deeper cricketing affinity between them too. Unorthodoxy has flourished in both countries — who else would have produced outlier talents such as Shoaib Akhtar, Lasith Malinga or Muttiah Muralitharan? Which other countries would have provided the fertile grounds for the carrom ball and doosra to develop, or the Dillscoop and reverse-sweep? Where else would players who had played just tape-ball or beach-ball cricket on streets and beaches be plucked from obscurity and pitched into international cricket. Who else would have produced leaders like Imran and Arjuna Ranatunga, or stylists like Saeed Anwar and Aravinda de Silva? There are heart-warming life stories, cricketers from deep interiors, those fighting poverty and battling floods and tsunamis, those emerging from outside the cricketing systems.

In a sense, theirs is the ideal sporting rivalry. Fiercely competitive and gentlemanly on the field, and friendly off it. One can remember a raft of classics the two teams have dished out, yet not an instance where they were locked in a bust-up or pre-game rattle, or scandals or gossip. After the Super Four match on Friday, both skippers lavished praise on each other. Shanaka said: “Don’t be fooled by Pakistan’s performance [on Friday], they are a good team and could beat anyone on their day. We have seen that several times and we know the quality they possess.” His counterpart Azam reciprocated at the presentation ceremony: “Even after they lost to Afghanistan in the first match, we never wrote them off. Today, they showed you why and they have been the most consistent team in the Asia Cup.”

Both made a mockery of pre-tournament odds, where India were predicted to encounter Pakistan. A dream final of sorts. The possibility seemed even more realistic when Afghanistan thumped Sri Lanka in the opening fixture. But thereafter, they scripted a stunning turnaround, as only Sri Lanka, or Pakistan, can. They went on to win four games on the trot — three in the last over and one comprehensively. But with each game, they kept unearthing more heroes. Apart from the usual suspects like Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shanaka emerged new heroes like Pathum Nissanka, the feisty opener, Madushanka, the left-arm seamer and Theekshana, the mystery spinner. An old hero remerged too — Mendis. The words of former Bangladesh cricketer Khaled Mahmud, that they don’t have a world-class bowler, turned out to be a spur-on in hindsight. Shanaka dwelled on that again on Friday, rather indirectly: “Bowling combination, starting with left-arm fast bowler, off-spinner, leg-spinner, variation from the spinners, any kind of batting line-up will be challenged. The combination as well as the variation we have is amazing,” he said.

But the Lankan top order is vulnerable to pure pace. Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain made them look like novices at times in the Super Four game. So had Afghanistan left-arm seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi and Bangladesh’s Ebadot Hussain. With Naseem Shah returning for the final, and a bouncier and quicker surface expected for the game, a baptism by pace awaits them. That’s how Pakistan have historically won tournaments, with the magic and mystique of the pacers. Think of Wasim Akram in the 1992 World Cup; or Mohammad Amir in the 2017 Champions Trophy.

On the other hand, Pakistan kicked off the tournament as overwhelming favourites but had to scrape through nervous moments, both their Super Four victories being exceedingly tight. They were beset with unusual problems — like the indifferent touch of Azam, the flaky middle order and an erratic Rizwan, who would look sublime one day and banal the next. Apart from Rizwan with 256 runs, no other Pakistani batsman has scored more than 100 runs in the tournament (Babar 63, Fakhar Zaman 96, Asif Ali 41, Khushdil Shah 56 and Ifthikar Ahmed 73). But little doubt that they have the mettle and quality to reverse the tide and put on a larger-than-life show in the final. Saqlain defended each of the spaces that had been holding Pakistan from fully blooming.

On Babar, he said: “It is just that his luck is not going his way. The kind of boundaries he has hit against India. A batter with deeper eyes will say that his form is fine. It is his luck which is not going his way.” On Rizwan: “Rizwan is superhuman and he is very spiritual, the energy he brings to the team is amazing.” On the middle order: “They have done well against India and Afghanistan when we chased. You might think that it was a small total and Naseem Shah won it for us but all 11 players batted. We have a big-match temperament.” And the arsenal of bowlers—the fast bowling trio has wizardry and the spin pair of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz smarts and nous.

None, thus, would dispute that Pakistan could reverse the Super Four defeat. Then none would argue that Sri Lanka don’t possess the ammo to rattle Pakistan either. Both have imperfections, but both have the incandescence to beat any team in the world on their day as well. Thus, an ideal final between ideal rivals, unbound by geopolitical tensions and bound by warm diplomatic and cricketing ties.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS IN THE WORLD MOVES TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Odyssey News

Published

on

ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS IN THE WORLD MOVES TO MANCHESTER UNITED
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The most unexpected transfer of the summer: Manchester United and Real Madrid club have agreed on the transfer of Casemiro. The deal will amount to 60 million pounds, plus another 10 Real can receive in the form of bonuses. The player passed a medical examination and signed a contract with Manchester United until 2027.

 

It took the head coach of the «Red Devils»  Eric ten Hag two matches in the Premier League to understand the inferiority of his middle line. In games with Brentford (0:4) and Brighton (1:2), the long-suffering Fred and Scott McTominay disappeared. Midfielders are not able to interfere with the opponent’s quick counterattacks and take the ball away.

 

It is indicative that Casemiro has nine tackles and two interceptions for the 2022 UEFA Super Cup match with Eintracht Frankfurt (2-0), the same number as Fred and McTominay did in two games for two.

 

If you are interested in sports and looking for a good bookmaker, then check the Interbet Review – bookmaker-ratings.com.  Interbet offers sports betting in prematch and live, totalizator, slots, casino, live casino and poker options. The same services are available in mobile mode and Android app.

 

New challenge and juicy contract

 

Casemiro said goodbye to his Real Madrid teammates. Head coach Carlo Ancelotti did not interfere with his decision.

 

The desire to try himself in another championship is clearly not the only thing that prompted Casemiro to move to England. There are a number of other important factors here:

 

  • salary: Manchester United, they are ready to pay a midfielder twice as much as in Real Madrid (about 20 million euros per year against 10). The Brazilian will become the third highest paid player in MU behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea;
  • term of the contract: Manchester United offered a contract under the «4 + 1» In Madrid, the player’s agreement expires in 2025 and there is no guarantee that it can be renewed;
  • reserve player prospect: 22-year-old Aurélien Tchouameny moved to Real Madrid from Monaco for 80 million euros. And obviously not just like that. At any time, Casemiro can become a substitute and more often watch the matches of Madrid from the bench.

 

In Casemiro, Manchester United finds one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. He is reliable, clearly reads the game and, if necessary, can drop into the top three to the central defenders.

 

Casemiro has the rigidity that is typical of the Premier League. Opponents prefer to avoid joints with him, but he is not afraid of them.

 

“I always go tough in the tackle. If I hurt someone, it makes me angry. Foul is part of the game, malice is never. These values were instilled in me by my mother. I’m never going to harm a player on the field,” Casemiro said in an interview.

 

Benefit

The expediency of the transfer raises questions. The Mancunians will spend a minimum of £140m (60 for Real Madrid and 80 for wages) for a player who is already 30 years old. Is the quality of a player so invaluable to United’s bosses?

 

At the same time, Real Madrid is receiving a hefty payout for a midfielder bought from Porto in 2015 for a measly 7.5 million euros. Obvious profit.

 

Casemiro is a top buff for Manchester United, but there are a lot of problems in the team right now. One such purchase is unlikely to radically change the situation. Although it should definitely be enough to leave the 20th place in the championship of England.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Best 5 tacklers in European football at the moment

Odyssey News

Published

on

Best 5 tacklers in European football at the moment
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

Football, just like other sports, involves skills. One skill that is not lacking in any football game is tackling.

 

Tackling is an art on its own. It is a skill requiring precision to stop the opponent from advancing with the ball. Though important, tackling can be dangerous, as even a slight error in timing and execution can result in the unwanted, both for the tackler and the receiving party.

 

Top bookmakers like 1xbet favor teams with the best tackers in football matches.

 

Some players are masters in tackling and have and have built up the capacity to execute the right tackle when needed. This article lists these players, specifically plying their trade in Europe.

 

1.  Casemiro

 

The Brazilian may not be the most talked about in Carlo Ancelotti’s team, but he sure gives his all anytime he is called upon.

 

Deployed as a defensive midfielder for his Real Madrid side, Casemiro wastes no time lunging himself forward onto the ball in a sliding tackle to cut short the opponent’s journey and win the ball back for his side. In fact, his fierce challenges and tenacity earned him the nickname, “The Tank.”

 

In the La Liga 2021/2022 season, Casemiro recorded 2.5 tackles per game and a 60% successful duel rate. He replicated the same form in other competitions too, recording 2.7 tackles per game in the just concluded Champions League season, also helping his team lift the trophy.

 

2. Wilfred Ndidi

 

Wilfred Ndidi arrived at Leicester in 2017 as the purported replacement to Ngolo Kante, who had just left for Chelsea – certainly, he did fill the void! The Nigerian immediately fitted in, securing a spot in Leicester City’s starting lineup.

 

Since then, he has continued improving from season to season.

 

The defensive midfielder’s style of play is that of aggressive physicality, relishing every opportunity to go head to head with the opposing players. In the process, more often than not, a one-on-one challenge involving him always ends with him tackling the opponent to retrieve the ball.

 

All through his playing time in the Premier League, Ndidi’s tackle stats stand at 635 tackles in the league with a 62% success rate.

 

3. N’golo Kante

 

Off the pitch, the always smiling Frenchman looks like he can’t hurt a fly. On the contrary, his work rate in the field is top-notch.

Widely reputed as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, Kante is a rock in the heart of the midfield.

 

He is a box-to-box player with excellent defensive acumen and ball-recovery expertise. Despite his small size, Kante is not scared to take on opponents much bigger than himself.

 

Talk of his ball-winning mentality, N’golo Kante has mastered the art of interceptions with 503 interceptions since he arrived at the Premier league. In addition, his tackling capabilities are superb, notching up an impressive 675 tackles with a 62% success rate too.

 

4. Fabinho

 

Fabinho was not the player greeted with fanfare after his £40.5 million move from AS Monaco to Liverpool in 2018. However, four years down the line, it is evident to everyone that the Brazilian was the right deal.

 

The defensive midfielder has been very instrumental to Jurgen Klopp’s success as the Liverpool coach, helping his team win several trophies including the prestigious Champions League trophy.

 

As a defensive midfielder, Fabinho ensures that the ball does not get past him, exploring every approach to stop this from happening. He makes good use of his body, shadowing the opponent, and also uses his height to make those vital aerial interceptions.

 

Talk about his tackling skill, Fabinho, though not one to use a tackle as a first option, does not hesitate to employ it if it comes to that.

 

In the just concluded 2021/2022 season, he made a total of 47 tackles for Liverpool and has also been involved in 226 tackles since his arrival to the Premier League.

 

5. Marquinhos

 

Marquinhos was still a young kid when he arrived at PSG in 2013 and no one expected him to turn out the way he has.

 

However, Marquinhos has proved the doubters wrong, steadily improving his game every season, and can now be touted as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.

 

The 28-year-old has the positional awareness and speed to match up with opponents trying to get past him and will struggle till he recovers the ball.

 

His tackling ability is also top-notch, recording an impressive 37 tackles last season. In fact, he has successfully recorded more than 20 tackles each season for the last five seasons.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Winners And Losers Of Raphinha’s Transfer Saga

Odyssey News

Published

on

Winners And Losers Of Raphinha's Transfer Saga
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

Raphinha completed a move to Camp Nou after Barcelona and Leeds United announced that they have reached an agreement for the transfer for the Brazilian international. This follows several weeks of saga after Leeds accepted a bid from Chelsea, forcing Barcelona to step up their chase. After the news was announced on the club’s official website, president Joan Laporta confirmed that Raphinha would be signing a five-year contract with the organization this week.

 

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at one of this summer’s transfer saga as it finally reaches a conclusion. Meanwhile, sports betting enthusiasts can find tips on their favorite sports such as basketball here: http://liontips.com/tips/basketball

 

The Winners

 

  • Raphinha

Raphinha is obviously the biggest winner in this transfer. Since moving to Yorkshire, the Brazilian has been a star for Leeds, and now he will finally have the chance to test himself at a top club. At Rennes, he demonstrated genuine signs of hope, and they persisted at Elland Road, but now comes the big test.

 

Without a doubt, playing in the Champions League will be a goal feat, and he’ll be a member of a group that can contend for titles on four separate fronts. Raphinha will gain greatly from the move up, but it will take some getting used to not being the main guy.

 

  • Daniel James

Raphinha’s departure will finally give Daniel James the opportunity to play regularly for Leeds as a winger. Raphinha and Jack Harrison’s performance and Patrick Bamford’s injury issues caused James to play a significant amount of minutes in the middle of the season.

 

That doesn’t fit his skill set, and now that Raphinha has moved on, he can easily fill the role the Brazilian performed in that arena. James will have the chance to flourish off the right because new acquisition Brendon Aaronson is anticipated to play behind a striker rather than as a direct replacement for Raphinha.

 

  • Xavi and Barcelona

Xavi is the guy in charge of managing a significant renovation at Barcelona in the hopes of bringing them back to their former glories. The team the Spaniard took over last season was, to put it mildly, lacking, but with the arrivals of Raphinha, Christensen, and Kessie, Camp Nou’s future seems promising. The addition of Robert Lewandowski will also provide Xavi a wide range of attacking alternatives for the upcoming season.

 

The Losers

 

  • Chelsea

Without a doubt, Chelsea is the biggest loser in this transfer fiasco. Raphinha was intended to be the first signing of the post-Roman Abramovich era for the Blues, who were now under new American ownership.

 

With Hakim Ziyech likely to follow Romelu Lukaku out the exit door, Tuchel’s team needs attacking additions. Additionally, Raphinha would have made a great addition considering his experience of the Premier League.

 

  • Jesse Marsch

While James will gain from his teammate’s departure, his manager most surely won’t. Last season, despite Raphinha’s brilliance, Leeds just avoided relegation on the final day of play. Without the Brazilian, keeping up will be even more difficult.

 

The pressure to keep them up will increase now that Kalvin Phillips has also left, but Jesse Marsch might not have the talent to do so. Raphinha won’t be able to provide the Elland Road side with a flash of brilliance next season, which could be very problematic for Marsch.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

The rupee continued to gain for the ninth session in a row on Friday, jumping Rs3.39 in the interbank market.

Madison Franz

Published

on

The rupee continued to gain for the ninth session in a row on Friday, jumping Rs3.39 in the interbank market.
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the PKR closed at 215.49 rupees against the dollar, having appreciated by 1.57 percent.

Mettis global director Saad bin Naseer said he believed the rupee’s rise was because exporters, who previously kept their dollar profits abroad, now began bringing their earnings into the country amid appreciation. of the local currency.

On the other hand, demand for the dollar has been reduced due to government intervention to control imports, he said.

However, Naseer warned that any negative news on the political front could lead to the rupee falling again. “Political stability is a must for the positive trend to continue, otherwise the rupee will erase all its gains.”

The secretary general of the Association of Stock Companies of Pakistan (Ecap), Zafar Paracha, shared a similar opinion. He said exporters had previously stopped bringing their profits into Pakistan but were now offloading their dollars, while importers who were previously worried and buying dollars for futures had stopped.

Consequently, there were sellers in the market but no buyers, he said.

He also credited the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for the rupee’s appreciation, saying that he had largely controlled the banks’ speculation and the large gaps they maintained between dollar buying and selling rates.

In addition, the country’s import bill fell in July and will fall further in August as the country will not import oil, he said. The general secretary of Ecap pointed out that the prices of oil, coal, wheat and pulses had been reduced internationally, which would also lead to a lower import bill.

“Overall, things are moving positively and it looks like the pressure on the rupee will ease.”

Zafar said it was “not a satisfactory level yet” and the rupee was due to trade at Rs160 against the dollar in the long term. For this, he suggested, the government needed to link imports to exports, spending to income, and offer discounts to overseas Pakistanis and foreign exchange firms to discourage the hundi/hawala system.

The value of the national currency increased 9.3% in the last eight sessions, according to Arif Habib Ltd.

Despite the recent trend, the rupee has lost as much as 19.36% against the US currency since the beginning of 2022. Since July 1, which is the first day of the current fiscal year, the rupee has lost 6 .41% compared to its US counterpart.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Three Cubans defected during world athletics

Odyssey News

Published

on

Three Cubans defected during world athletics
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

HAVANA:

Three members of Cuba’s athletics delegation at the World Championships in the United States, including former discus world champion Yaime Perez absconded, the country’s sports institute said on Wednesday.

Defections by Cuban sports people while on international duty are commonplace as the communist nation has long prevented its athletes from turning professional.

Perez, 31, was the defending champion in Eugene, where she finished seventh, and a bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Javelin thrower Yiselena Ballar, 19, and physiotherapist Carlos Gonzalez also disappeared.

The Jit online newspaper for Cuba’s INDER sports institute described the defections as “serious indiscipline”.

Both Perez and Ballar are believed to have escaped during a stopover in Miami while on the return journey to Cuba.

Cuba suffered its worst ever result at an athletics world championships, failing to win a single medal.

More than two dozen Cuban sports people have defected this year alone, including Olympic long jump silver medalist Juan Miguel Echevarria, Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion Ismael Borrero and Olympic sprint canoeing champion Fernando Dayan Jorge.

Last month, Olympic boxing champion Andy Cruz, considered by many experts to be the finest Cuban boxer of his generation, was caught trying to flee the island nation.

Cuba has slowly been opening up to professional sport in a bid to discourage the defections.

In April, communist authorities finally allowed boxers to take part in professional boxing competitions, leading to a team match against Mexico, which the Cubans won 6-0 with five knockouts, even without Cruz.

Other sports such as baseball have also embraced limited professionalism recently as in May Cuban authorities reached an agreement with the sport’s international governing body, the WBSC, to allow Cuban baseballers to manage their own professional contracts with clubs in foreign leagues.

Cuba is suffering its worst recession in three decades, partly provoked by the coronavirus pandemic and the ramping up of US sanctions under former president Donald Trump, which has led to mass migration.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Sports

Saudi prince stays in ‘world’s most expensive home’ during Paris trip

Odyssey News

Published

on

Saudi prince stays in 'world's most expensive home' during Paris trip
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

7,000-square-metre property was bought by an undisclosed buyer in 2015 for 275 million euros

 

PARIS:

During his trip to France to meet President Emmanuel Macron, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is staying at a lavish chateau dubbed “the world’s most expensive home” when he purchased it in 2015.

The Chateau Louis XIV in Louveciennes outside Paris is a new-build mansion intended to mimic the extravagant luxury of the nearby Versailles Palace, once the seat of the French royal family.

The 7,000-square-metre property was bought by an undisclosed buyer in 2015 for 275 million euros ($300 million at the time), leading Fortune magazine to call it “the world’s most expensive home.”

Mohammed Bin Salman, 36, was reported two years’ later by The New York Times to be the ultimate owner via a series of shell companies.

Local government officials confirmed to AFP that the heir to the Saudi throne was staying at the property ahead of his dinner with Macron later on Thursday.

Reporters outside the perimeter wall saw security personnel in suits guarding the entrance and a large police presence, including half a dozen vehicles.

Khashoggi link

Macron and bin Salman were set to meet at the more modest Elysee presidential palace later Thursday for talks that critics in France view as inappropriate.

Bin Salman was judged by US intelligence to have approved the gruesome murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

But after four years as an international pariah, the prince is being courted by Western leaders again as they urgently seek fresh energy supplies to replace lost Russian production.

In a twist of history, the Chateau Louis XIV was built by Khashoggi’s cousin Emad Khashoggi who runs a luxury property development business in France.

The chateau features a nightclub, a gold-leafed fountain, a cinema, as well as an underwater glass chamber in the moat that resembles a giant aquarium with white leather sofas.

Chateau Louis XIV was built in 2009 after a 19th-century castle on the plot was bulldozed.

Bin Salman’s extravagant spending since emerging as the main powerbroker in Saudi Arabia has repeatedly made headlines.

The son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud bought a $500-million yacht in 2015 and was also reported to be the mystery buyer of a $450-million Leonardo da Vinci painting in 2017.

The latter purchase has been officially denied.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Trending

%d bloggers like this: