QPlay: Dwayne Bravo Praises MS Dhoni, Real Madrid Lose and More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. I’ll Miss Dhoni’s Leadership, Says Bravo
A key member of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for last five years, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo called Mahendra Singh Dhoni one of the best captains in the world and said he would miss playing under the Indian skipper in IPL-9.
Dhoni had captained CSK to title victories in 2010 and 2011, besides leading the side to wins in Champions League in 2010 and 2014.
“Yes. I will miss Dhoni’s leadership and any player for that matter will miss him because he is one of the best Captains in the world,” said Bravo, who launched an “Ultimate Sports Coaching Programme” in Chennai.
We do play under different captains. But, it is a good opportunity for Suresh Raina to show his leadership skills.Dwayne Bravo
2. Wolfsburg Shock Real Madrid, Man City Draw Against PSG
Real Madrid suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season when they were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at VfL Wolfsburg in their quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
The Germans were celebrating a memorable last-eight debut after Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty in the 18th minute and Maximilian Arnold’s goal in the 25th stunned the visitors only four days after their ‘Clasico’ win in Spain over Barcelona.
Manchester City claimed a vital edge in their Champions League quarter-final tie against Paris St Germain after grabbing two away goals in a 2-2 first leg draw on Wednesday.
PSG, playing in their fourth straight quarter-final in the competition, fell behind when Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 38th minute, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic capitalised on a City blunder to score the equaliser, having earlier missed a penalty.
The home side, who had exited at this stage for the last three seasons, then took the lead through Adrien Rabiot just before the hour but Fernandinho made it 2-2 after benefiting from another PSG mistake.
3. Prannoy, Srikanth Out of Malaysia Open Super Series Premier; Saina, Sindhu Enter 2nd Round
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu entered the women’s second round but it turned out to be a disappointing day for Indian men badminton players as two of them made an early exit at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier at Shah Alam on Wednesday.
Srikanth, who failed to defend his title at India Open last week after going down to China’s Tian Houwei in the opening round, continued to find the going tough in super series events.
His 3-1 record against Boonsak Ponsana accounted for nothing as Srikanth ended with a 21-23,21-9, 10-21 loss against the Thailand shuttler after a 53-minute battle.
Prannoy, who clinched the Swiss Open last month, fought hard before going down 19-21, 20-22 to India Open champion, Kento Momota of Japan, seeded third. Prannoy had lost in the first round in India Open as well.
4. Coaching India Depends on Whether I Have the Time: Rahul Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid made it clear on Wednesday that any decision on taking up coach’s role with the senior Indian team will depend on whether he has the time and “bandwidth” for the high-profile job.
With Ravi Shastri’s contract as Team Director coming to an end after the completion of ICC World T20, Dravid’s name has been doing rounds for the job but he did not give any conclusive reply.
“Any decision that I make at this stage of my life would depend on whether I have the bandwidth to do all of these things,” Dravid said during an interaction when asked specifically whether he is ready to take up the chief coach’s role in the senior Indian team.
5. St. Lucia Government Renames Cricket Ground After Darren Sammy
The government of St. Lucia has decided to rename the Beausejour Cricket Ground Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground, in honour of the West Indies T20 captain, following his exploits in the recently concluded World T20 in India.
Sammy, along with fellow St. Lucian Johnson Charles, returned a hero’s welcome at the Hewanorra International Airport on Tuesday where they were greeted by Prime Minister Kenny Anthony and other St. Lucians
“Big time reception, home coming,” Charles said in a video posted on Facebook on Tuesday.
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