QPlay: Ind vs Aus Today, Nadal Knocked Out, Dhoni Warrent Recalled

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India Look to Avoid Embarrassment, Australia Eye Clean Sweep

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

The series already out of their grasp, India will look to salvage some pride by avoiding a whitewash but their spiritless bowlers need to put up a far more inspired show to stop the Australians in the fourth and penultimate cricket ODI today.

Pride will be on the line for India in the remaining two games of the five-match series with pressure mounting on skipper MS Dhoni. While the bowlers have mostly failed him, India’s batsmen have gone about their job efficiently, posting big totals on the board but the bowlers have been ordinary at best, allowing the hosts to chase down those tall scores in each of the first three matches in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne to concede a 3-0 lead.

It will be the first time that India will take on Australia at the Manuka Oval. The Men in Blue have played here only once before, losing to Sri Lanka in the 2007-08 CB Series.

Andhra Court Recalls NBW Order Against Dhoni

Indian skipper MS Dhoni 
Indian skipper MS Dhoni 

An Andhra Pradesh court has recalled its order issuing a non-bailable warrant against cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in connection with a case of allegedly hurting religious sentiments by posing as Lord Vishnu on the cover of a magazine.

Dhoni’s Delhi-based counsel Rajanish Chopra and Pankaj Bhagla who appeared befoe an Anantapur court told magistrate Geetavani that the cricketer has not received the NBW issued on January 7.

The court accepted their contention and recalled its order on NBW.

Nadal Knocked Out in Round 1 of Aus Open

Rafael Nadal. (Photo: AP)
Rafael Nadal. (Photo: AP)

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Australian Open first round after a five-set thriller against Fernando Verdasco Tuesday, increasing fears about his ability to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles.

In only his second first-round loss at a major tournament, the oft-injured 29-year-old fought for four hours, 41 minutes before the inspired Verdasco won 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.

It was one of the worst ever Grand Slam performances for Nadal, who also lost in the 2013 Wimbledon first round and has not won a major title since the 2014 French Open.

Focused on Rotating The Strike, Says Coach Dravid

India’s Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid along with captain Ishan Kishan (L) during a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)
India’s Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid along with captain Ishan Kishan (L) during a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

One of the key aspects that the former India captain Rahul Dravid is focused on as the coach of the national colts squad, which is set to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, is the ability to rotate the strike..

One of the things I had stressed on was the ability to rotate the strike. It takes a lot of pressure off you. I talked about it a lot to the players. All these boys can play big shots. They are in a generation where they are practising playing the big shots and some of the sixes they hit boggle the mind. We had played on very good wickets over the last couple of months. But you may not get wickets where you can score 300 plus. There will be 240-250 plus wickets. They have learnt to rotate the strike but they can always get better and improve.

Rahul Dravid, Indian u-19 coach

The 16-team Under 19 World Cup starts on January 27 and India is in Group D along side New Zealand, Ireland and Nepal.

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