QPlay: India vs SA T20 Today, Harbhajan on Retirement Plans & More
1. Binny, Rahane Slog it Out at Team India Practice
Having warmed the benches in India’s two back-to-back defeats, Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny may get a look-in for the third and final T20 match today as the two players slogged it out at India’s practice session ahead of the dead rubber.
Binny started the proceedings at the practice session alongside Suresh Raina. The all-rounder also slogged it out while bowling his medium pacers to the Indian batsmen, hinting that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be contemplating the option to bring him in to bolster the batting down the order.
“Rahane is a quality player and there is no doubt about it. All depends on the team management as to what they feel will be the best team combination to win the game going forward. Let’s see what they decide,” Harbhajan Singh said while speaking to the media on the eve of the match.
2. I Want to Sign-off at the Eden, Playing a Test: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh may not have been a part of the two T20 defeats to South Africa in their ongoing tour, but the spin stalwart spoke to the media on the eve of the final match today.
Such has been his emotional connect with the Eden Gardens that the ‘Turbanator’ said that as and when he decides to retire, he would like to play his last Test match on the hallowed Eden Gardens turf.
“I have not planned anything but yes, I would like to play my last game at the Eden. But that has got to be in a Test,” Harbhajan, who has a Test hat-trick at this venue during the 2001 Test win against Australia, said.
3. 10-man Atletico de Kolkata Hold FC Goa to a 1-1 Draw
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata defended doggedly with 10 men as they held FC Goa to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League.
While ATK struck in the 13th minute through a spectacular Arata Izumi volley, it was Keenan Almeida’s cracking right footer that restored parity for Zico’s men in the 81st minute in an ill-tempered match.
ATK’s Baljit Sahni was shown the first red-card of the season after head butting opposition defender Gregory Arnolin bringing back memories of the last season when the latter was involved in an identical incident with the then ATK striker Fikru Teferra.
4. Vijender Set to Go; Whiting Promises to Put Him Through Hell
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh said he is ready for whatever his rival Sonny Whiting brings to the ring when he makes his pro debut on October 10, even as the flamboyant Britisher promised to put the Olympic medallist ‘through absolute hell’.
I’ve trained hard for my professional debut and nothing or no one is going to get in the way of what I have to do, especially Whiting. We have done everything we can in preparation for this, so now it is down to me to deliver the goods on the night in the ring.
— Vijender Singh
There’s so much hype around this fight anyone would think that it’s the main event! I’m going to put this kid through absolute hell in the ring on the night.
— Sonny Whiting
5. India Take on Turkmenistan in a Must-win Match
Languishing at the bottom of the group, an underprepared India take on Turkmenistan in a must-win match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round today.
India, who are yet to open account after losing all their earlier three matches, are short on preparations as they reached here without any camp after losing to Iran 0-3 on September 8 in Bangalore.
All India Football Federation did not call for a camp and players in Indian Super League sides were released only on Sunday evening. They landed in Turkmenistan on Monday evening after spending 16 hours in flight and transit and will take on the central Asian nation in the Group D match in a do-or-die battle at the Kopetdag Stadium.