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Rohit Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan want fans to support Team India in tough times

first_imgIndia’s limited-overs star batsman Rohit Sharma has urged the fans to keep supporting the Indian team in England in the ongoing five-match Test series.India lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs in a low-scoring game and were bundled out for 107 in their first innings of the second Test at Lord’s on Friday.Rohit, who is not part of India’s Test squad, wants fans to be “little supportive” to the team.”Let’s not forget these are the players who got India to the number 1 ranking. How about being little supportive when the going gets tough. This is our team,” Rohit tweeted.Lets not forget these are the players who got India to the number 1 ranking. How about being little supportive when the going gets tough. This is our teamRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 10, 2018Rohit’s tweet invited mixed reactions but Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan agreed with the Indian cricketer’s appeal.”I agree with you .. ! COME ONNN INDIA .. WE CAN DO IT,” Amitabh Bachchan replied to Rohit’s tweet.I agree .. COME ONNN INDIA WE CAN DO IT .. !! https://t.co/GQX0sMRmuKAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 10, 2018After the entire first day of the Lord’s Test was washed out, only 35.2 overs were possible on the second day with multiple rain interruptions.India vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Lord’s: HighlightsThe wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat.England paceman James Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in home conditions taking 5/20 as te hosts bowled out India for a miserly 107.advertisementIndia vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Lord’s: As It HappenedRoot was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling.It was the sixth time that Anderson produced a five wicket haul at Lord’s and he now has 99 Test wickets at the famous London venue.India vs England: Virat Kohli’s cheeky act at Lord’s Long RoomFor much of the day, thanks again to the weather, it looked as though the fans were going to be restricted to just over eight overs of cricket but then the weather cleared in the evening and India must have wished the rain had stuck around.In the brief morning session, Anderson got England off to a fine start, clean bowling opener Murali Vijay before removing Lokesh Rahul, who was caught behind by keeper Jonny Bairstow.Virat Kohli’s mistake costs Pujara his wicket minutes before rain stoppageAfter a rain delay, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and a downpour followed immediately.When play resumed, seamer Chris Woakes, brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is at a court hearing in Bristol, got the prize wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli for 23 leaving the tourists, who trail 1-0 in the series, at 49 for four.Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad.Arjun Tendulkar seen helping Lord’s ground-staff as rain hampers India TestAnderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, finished off the Indians – and secured his five wicket performance – by removing Ishant Sharma.Both teams had made changes from the first Test with India making two changes from Edgbaston and opting for a twin spin bowling attack.Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining Ashwin in the slow bowling department.Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan.As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Paulinho privileged to play with Messi

first_imgLionel Messi ‘Messi is the best in the world’ – Paulinho hails Barca star, while tipping Neymar to inherit crown Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 01:33 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() MessiPaulinho - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus UEFA Champions League Neymar While the Brazilian believes a fellow countryman could one day be the best player on the planet, he considers a current team-mate to set the standard Paulinho says he feels privileged to have played with both Lionel Messi and Neymar, but the Barcelona star remains the best player in the world in his eyes.While the former Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder is an international team-mate of Neymar’s, a recent move to Camp Nou has given him the opportunity to play alongside Messi too.Barca, Madrid & PSG 10/11 all to win Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And Paulinho considers the Argentina forward the superior player – even if he acknowledges that Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar has the quality to one day be the world’s best.”I’ve had the opportunity to play with Neymar on the national team,” Paulinho told a pre-match news conference ahead of facing Olympiakos in the Champions League. “Now I’m playing alongside Messi. He’s a different player, but he’s the best player in the world.”When someone is playing alongside the best player in the world, you just have to do what you need to do to make him the best and ensure that the ball gets to him as quickly and as often as possible.Paulinho: “It’s a privilege to play with #Messi, the best in the world. Playing next to him, you have to help by getting him the ball” pic.twitter.com/eGel6mwPS3— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 17, 2017″Messi has helped me a lot. [Neymar and Messi] are both very good players. I can only talk about the privilege that I’ve had being able to play with both.”My job here is to help [Messi] continue to be the best player in the world. With Neymar, you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow, or two or three years from now.”He may end up being the best player in the world.”Paulinho has scored twice in La Liga since joining Barca, but concedes the transition from the Chinese Super League to one of Europe’s top clubs was not easy.”I must admit that it was hard, at first, to adapt to the particular style of football which is expected here at Barca,” he said.”But thanks to the brilliant support and help I’ve had from my team-mates, I now feel completely confident, relaxed and sure of my role in this philosophy of how to play.2 – Paulinho has scored two goals for Barcelona with his first two shots on target (all competitions). Impact.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 19, 2017″When I came to Barca, I know some people doubted me. They weren’t totally convinced. But, and I’ve said this before, that never really bothers me. I want to show my team-mates here, because they’re the ones that wanted me to come here.”I’m just doing my job – I’m relaxed. I respect the opinions of others but I’m ambitious. For me, the main thing is to help my team-mates win titles and win games.”last_img read more