West Indies batsmen face big day in reply to India’s 631-7

first_img Share Image via: maharashtraspider.comKOLKATA, India — West Indies batsmen have a big day ahead of them on Wednesday when they resume their first innings on the third day of the second Test match at Eden Gardens. The Windies are 34-2 as they go in search of India’s mammoth 631-7.Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo, who both played well last month in Bangladesh, will resume the innings when play re-starts at 8.30 am (11 pm Tuesday Eastern Caribbean Time/10 pm Jamaica Time).Team manager Richie Richardson, the legend and former captain, said he believes Wednesday could be a breakthrough day for some of the young batsmen in the team and backed them to post a big total as well.“We have got to bat the way India batted. It’s a very good batting wicket. India batted really well. We have got to bat the same way. It’s not going to be easy, the Indian bowlers are going to push us but I believe we have the ammunition to go out and bat for the next two days,” Richardson said.In India’s innings VVS Laxman produced a special knock — an unbeaten 176 not out off 280 balls. He added 224 for the sixth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni who made 144 with five sixes. On the opening day Rahul Dravid crafted 119 — his 36th Test century.“Usually, when you think about such a big total you are going to go, ‘Wow, that’s going to be difficult.’ But you have to assess the situation and tell yourself we can do it yourself too. If two guys get stuck in there and score centuries, then you can bat yourselves into a very good position,” added Richardson, who made 5,949 runs with 16 centuries at 44.39 per innings in 86 Test matches.“If you are batting on a turning wicket and you just stay in there, the bowlers are going to get on top of you. You have to show intent. That is what we have been talking about. You can’t just wait for bad balls as there aren’t going to be too many bad balls from the Indians. You got to take it to them. This is not to say you play rash shots or big shots. It is just that you keep looking for ways to score while keeping your wicket intact.”Richardson, who took over the position of team manager in January, has said he has been enjoying the job and has been encouraged by the level of commitment of the members of the squad. Richardson, who was a key member of the West Indies “glory days” team in the 1980s, said the systems are in place to chart the course back up the International Cricket Council’s rankings.“You can’t be best all the time. When you are down, you have to find a way to get back. In Sammy we have an exceptional leader and he has worked very hard and is doing a fine job. We have been showing that we have been improving all the time. We have no discipline issues. The guys are committed to training and working hard,” he said.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 25 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share NewsSports West Indies batsmen face big day in reply to India’s 631-7 by: – November 16, 2011last_img read more

World Cup stars dominate FIFA best player award shortlist

first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jul 24 – French World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane were included alongside perennial candidates Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a 10-man shortlist for the FIFA best player award on Tuesday.Luka Modric was nominated for the prize as well after helping Croatia reach the final, with the Real Madrid midfielder named the player of the tournament in Russia. Belgium duo Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne were also shortlisted along with England striker Harry Kane, in addition to Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah.However, there was no place for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, whose country lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.France coach Didier Deschamps and compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title, headlined the 11 candidates in the running for men’s coach of the year.Deschamps became just the third man to lift the World Cup trophy as both a player and a coach, joining an exclusive club featuring Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.Zlatko Dalic was recognised after Croatia’s impressive run to the final, while Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez were also among the nominees, having respectively led England and Belgium to the last four.Six members of Lyon’s Champions League-winning side are in contention for the women’s player of the year award, including Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg, whose 15 goals fired them to a record fifth European title.Lyon boss Reynald Pedros is one of 10 nominees for the best women’s coach.With the help of fan voting, the final lists will be trimmed to three candidates in each category and revealed in early September.This is the third edition of the Best FIFA awards following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and France Football’s Ballon d’Or in 2016.Ronaldo is the two-time winner of the accolade, which is a revival of the FIFA World Player of the Year award.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more