Images of 1983 still give Bhajji ‘goosebumps’

first_imgHarbhajan Singh was all of three years of age when Kapil Dev held the 1983 World Cup aloft at Lord’s but the off-spinner still draws inspiration from that glorious triumph.Harbhajan Singh and Yusuf Pathan in New Delhi. APIn the Capital to join hands with a campaign against road rage and drunken driving, Harbhajan said that even though in the ensuing 27 years he has seen six World Cups, the 1983 tournament still serves as the biggest inspiration for an Indian cricketer.”Seeing Kapil paaji lift the trophy is an image ingrained in all of our minds. I have seen the reruns of that match so many times and it always gives me goosebumps,” the off-spinner told reporters here on Wednesday.To repeat the success of ‘Kapil’s Devils’ at the World Cup, Bhajji believes the key for India will be the explosive opening combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.”There is no doubt that they are great players and I think if they stay at the crease for the first 15 overs, it will be very difficult for the opposition to come back into the match,” he said.Asked about India’s combination for the quadrennial mega event, Harbhajan said it may not be the best team out there but he was still a good side. “It is wonderful to have a lot of options in the team. We have got different types of spinners. We have (Ravichandran) Ashwin who performed well in the IPL and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla brings variation into the attack. We have great seamers too and the batting can chase down any target. If we just focus on our processes, we should have a good outing,” he said.advertisementHarbhajan has always been a feisty character but he believes comparing sledging to a serious issue like road rage is ridiculous.”Sledging is part and parcel of the game. It just adds a bit of momentum to the game and, as a cricketer, we don’t carry anything off the field. Road rage is quite harmful and it hurts you for life,” he said. He even claimed that neither he nor his India teammates drink.Looking beyond the World Cup, Bhajji will be sharing a dressing room with Andrew Symonds for the Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians, and believes the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal that brought bad blood between them is a thing of the past.”I am looking forward to winning the IPL along with him,” Harbhajan said, guardedly adding: “What Symonds has done with his career is his personal choice and I don’t want to talk about any individuals.”Though he was surrounded by the media during his short stay at the event, Harbhajan did find time to thank Indian fans. “I salute all those who are supporting us. With their good wishes, hopefully, we will do well in the World Cup,” he said.last_img read more

Pep hails ‘special talent’ Sane after Man City win

first_imgManchester City Guardiola hails ‘special talent’ Sane after win at West Brom Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 01:45 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) leroy sane - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City West Bromwich Albion Leroy Sané Guardiola The young Germany winger racked up a goal and an assist on Saturday to help City to the best Premier League start in history after 10 games Pep Guardiola hailed Leroy Sane as “a special talent” after he helped Manchester City to a 3-2 win at West Brom.The Germany international opened the scoring and set up Fernandinho’s strike either side of Jay Rodriguez’s goal for the home side, all of which occurred within the first 15 minutes at The Hawthorns.Man City 6/1 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 21-year-old has registered six goals and five assists in his last seven Premier League appearances for City, whose win put them five points clear of United at the top once more, with Jose Mourinho’s side having earlier beaten Tottenham 1-0.Guardiola says Sane still has lots of room for improvement but feels he is showing the way forward for all City’s midfielders and wide players.”He’s a guy who has a special talent, who runs in behind,” he told BBC Sport. “It’s important for our midfield players to do that.”He’s still young, there are many, many things he can improve.”28 – @ManCity have made the best ever start to a @premierleague season after 10 games, collecting 28 points (W9 D1) with a GD of +29. Slick. pic.twitter.com/L0am2wglzo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017The win looked closer on the scoreline that it should have been, with Ederson’s misjudgement allowing Rodriguez to score and Nicolas Otamendi’s careless chest back to the goalkeeper giving Matt Phillips an injury-time consolation.Guardiola was happy his players did not lose their focus after gifting unnecessary goals to the opposition.”We won, that is the most important thing. We did not panic at 1-1 or 3-2 at the last minute. We played a good performance,” said the City manager.”We conceded just three chances and then you see how many we created, clear, clear chances, and you score just three goals, always you have regret. But that’s football.”We did it in a difficult stadium. I’m so, so pleased.”They played five at the back with two strikers. Normally, they don’t play like this. Of course, he knows his players and they know exactly what they have to do.”We started well again. Our games away, we always start good. We can improve when we win, so that’s good.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more