Virat Kohli may have aced his fitness test last week but the Indian captain is leaving no stone unturned to ensure he is completely fit before India’s tour of Ireland and England gets underway later in June.Kohli had to pull out of a county stint with a neck injury he sustained during the IPL. Subsequently, he worked hard to make sure he was ready for the Yo-Yo test held in Bengaluru from June 15. He looked rather comfortable alongside MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Jasprit Bumrah and a few others.While their scores have not been made public, the likes of Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu failed the Yo-Yo test and were subsequently dropped for the England tour.Rohit Sharma, another star India batsman, is scheduled to take the Yo-Yo test on Tuesday and it is understood Ajinkya Rahane has been kept on standby.Ajinkya Rahane on standby as Rohit Sharma prepares to take yo-yo testAccording to sources, Rohit failed the Yo-Yo test twice during the IPL. If Rohit does fail again, there will be little choice left for the team management: they will have to drop one of their most charismatic limited-overs batsmen.Meanwhile, Kohli hit the gym again and showed why he is among the fittest athletes in the world.The Indian captain’s workout schedule on Tuesday included:”A lot of band work for lower body strengthening including lateral band walk””Monster walk””Striding a distance of 80 meters x 12 repetitions at speed of 16km/hr on treadmill. 15 second break between each stride and completing 2 sets of 12.”advertisementToday’s session included a lot of band work for lower body strengthening; including lateral band walk, monster walk and then striding a distance of 80 meters x 12 repetitions at speed of 16km/hr on treadmill. 15 second break between each stride and completing 2 sets of 12. pic.twitter.com/Mc5L8Lhk10Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 19, 2018No wonder then, Kohli aces those fitness tests. It is believed he regularly gets the highest scores whereas younger players struggle to match his levels of intensity.
Japan suffered a heartbreak as a stoppage time goal from Nacer Chadli helped Belgium win 3-2 on Monday. The victory means Belgium will now face Brazil in the quarter-finals.Chadli capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium the victory.Japan led 2-0 on early second-half goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.World Cup 2018: Belgium overcome brave Japan to reach quarter-finalsJan Vertonghen then scored with a looping header that appeared to be a cross but dropped in under the crossbar in the 69th minute. Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in another from Eden Hazard’s cross in the 74th.Chaldi, who came on as a substitute in the 65th, decided it in injury time.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingBelgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the center circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right. Meunier one-timed the ball across the area and Romelu Lukaku let it roll by for Chaldi to tap in with his left foot from 7 yards.The end-to-end attack took only 10 seconds.Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Asian side crashed out of World Cup 2018 but it was not before they gave Belgium a scare. Their performance earned them widespread praise on social media as they were hailed as “warriors.”advertisement#Japan played like warriors. Beautiful game! Hard luck! #BELJAP #fifaworldcup2018Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) July 2, 2018Japan, you were brilliant tonight. You filled every Asian with hope and left us with something to be proud about.Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 2, 2018https://t.co/Ex3oqkXeaVTIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) July 2, 2018So heart broken for Japan .. they almost made the fairy tale come true .. total respect A fluke, height difference and then ambition did the underdogs spirited fight in.. hold your heads high #BELJPN pic.twitter.com/9qZ32kZWoeRandeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 2, 2018Belgium won the game but japan won our hearts #BELJPN pic.twitter.com/UBGLolBDveAbhishek Daga (@abhidaga09) July 2, 2018Today is a day when Japan made Asian football proud.Some times results don’t depict right picture !!#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/3E6QLpgcBoBoring… (@graphicalcomic) July 2, 2018Well fought Japan! You guys went further than anybody expected you to. That match was one hell of a battle. You may have lost but you sure as hell gained everyones respect! #BELJPN #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/c2vEledTchSonny Trajano (@sonnay_) July 2, 2018I would say the best match of the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP. so much twist&turns, ups &downs then victory. Im in love with football again,,! #ssfootball #2018FIFAWORLDCUP #BELJPNsiboniso mzileni (@sbomzileni) July 2, 2018Let’s take a moment and salute JAPANFor the effort they put at the World Cup 2018 #JPN #BEL #BELJPN#WorldCup #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/10bkatoGxFFIFA World Cup (@TheSporTalk) July 2, 2018This is one of the most cleanest games I have seen so far this worldcup, no fouls, no cards, no divings, no VAR drama, just plain, clean, interesting football. Thank you Japan & Belgium#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/AVEJGVKbCzDAUDI (@ItsDaudi) July 2, 2018After being 0-2 down,incredible comeback from Belgium to win 3-2. But these visuals after the match of Japan fans staying behind to clean the stadium up inspite of the defeat is so wonderful. A wonderful culture and truly class. Hope few of our fans can learn and emulate#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/W7NM6vrhWIMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 2, 2018#Japan Fans Cleaning The Stadium. They Might Have Lost The Match But The Team And Its Fans Won Our Hearts. #BELJPN #JPNBEL #WorldCup2018 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/WCFXyccgOjSir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 2, 2018
Harry Kane was handed the Golden Boot award while Luka Modric bagged the Golden Ball award as the 2018 FIFA World Cup came to an end on Sunday.Kane was awarded the Golden Boot for scoring six goals in the tournament while Modric’s clinical display in Croatia’s best-ever World Cup run earned him the Golden Ball award in Russia 2018.Mbappe’s phenomenal display at the World Cup, in which he finished with four goals, earned him the Young Player of the Tournament award as Les Bleus lifted their second World Cup in their history and first since 1998 after beating Croatia 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois was awarded the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Spain were awarded the ‘Fair Play’ award.Also read – France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’HARRY KANE Harry Kane scored five of his six goals during the group stages of the World Cup (Reuters Photo)The England captain finished with six goals frm seven games bagged the Golden Boot award.But, Kane will be kicking himself for not scoring more goals throughout the course of the tournament. All of the England captain’s goals have come in the group stages. After the first three games, Kane has failed to net in a single knockout game. Kane scored five goals against Panama and Tunisia in the group stages and a single goal against Colombia in the round-of-16 stages. He scored a hat-trick against Panama and two against Tunisia.advertisementThe 24-year-old, who has missed several chances throughout the course of the tournament, converted four penalties and scored two from open play.Also read – Didier Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 yearsHe became second English player to ever win the World Cup Golden Boot, after Gary Lineker in 1986Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, France’s Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe and Russia’s Denis Cheryshev have scored four goals each. Russia’s Artem Dzyuba and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani have three each.LUKA MODRIC Luka Modric has starred in Croatia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign (Reuters Photo)Modric has led Croatia’s campaign from the front and put his hand up whenever the team needed him. He missed a penalty against Denmark at the round-of-16 but came back and converted from the spot during the penalty shootout as the Croates advanced to the last eight.The Real Madrid man showed nerves of steel and orchestrated the whole game from the midfield as Zlatko Dalic’s men bettered their ‘golden generation’, who reached the semi-finals in 1998 and lost to France.Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupModric bagging the trophy also meant that the second World Cup in a row, a player on the losing side in the final wins the golden ball award for best player in the tournament. He is also the first Croatian player in World Cup history to win the Golden Ball for best player at the tournament.KYLIAN MBAPPE Kylian Mbappe scored four goals in this year’s World Cup (Reuters Photo)The French teenager had already showed his class in Europe for AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain but he announced himself to the world in this year’s World Cup with some sensational performances.The PSG forward scored four goals including a stunner in the final to help France beat Croatia 4-2 and lift the trophy in Moscow.He also became the second youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup final after Pele, who scored at the age of 17 years and 249 days in 1958 for Brazil.The 19-year-old terrorised defenders and they struggled to keep up with the pace and strength of the Frenchman, who bullied the defenders throughout the World Cup.THIBAUT COURTOIS Thibaut Courtois made 27 saves in this year’s World Cup (Reuters Photo)The Belgium goalkeeper was awarded the Golden Glove for his heroic display for the Red Devils in their best-ever World Cup campaign.The Chelsea keeper has played seven matches and made 27 saves — the most by any in this year’s World Cup, with a save rate of 81.8 per cent.The 26-year-old was one of Belgium’s standout player in the tournament along with Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. It was because of him that the Red Devils were in the game in the semi-final as he made some crucial saves throughout the course of the semi-final against France, which they eventually lost 1-0.Behind him at second place is Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, who made 25 saves from four matches. Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel (21 from four matches), Jordan Pickford (17 from seven games) and Russia’s Igor Akinfeev (15 from five games) make the top five in list of saves made from goalkeepers.advertisementSPAIN Spain were knocked out in the round-of-16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia (Reuters Photo)Spain might have crashed out of the World Cup prematurely but they were awarded the ‘Fair Play’ award for being the most disciplined team in the tournament.La Roja were handed an early setback before the tournament as Julen Lopetegui was sacked for failing to inform the Spanish board about his deal with Real Madrid. Fernando Hierro was appointed the coach of the team for the World Cup and they somehow managed to qualify for the round-of-16 as Group B leaders.However, they were handed a shock defeat by hosts Russia via penalty shootout and crashed out of the tournament.
Novak Djokovic on Sunday won his fourth Wimbledon title and his first since 2015 at the All England Club.Djokovic thrashed South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets – – 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) — at the Centre Court to win his 13th Grand Slam.By doing so, the Serb ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by getting his hands back on the trophy he also raised in 2011, 2014 and 2015.The victory was also special as it came in front of the British Royalty — Prince William, Kate Middleton and of course his 3-year-old son Stefan.After winning the championship, Djokovic had the pleasure of meeting and talking to the British Royalty. But what stole the show was a hug from his son, who cheered on from the stands with his mother and Djokovic’s team.Swapping parenting tips with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…@DjokerNole #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QgIC5xawnQ Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018A hug for the #Wimbledon champion… pic.twitter.com/PlAlq1EnZv Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018″For the first time in my life, I have someone screaming daddy, daddy!” an elated Djokovic said after his victory.”For the first time in my life, I have someone screaming daddy, daddy!”A 13th Grand Slam title for @DjokerNole, but this one will hold a special place in his heart #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/sQRClwWT0i Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Avengers — the Marvel’s movie series — stars Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland also enjoyed the game the game as Djokovic and Anderson fought it out.advertisementWimbledon organisers had refused to alter the timing of the final but used the tournament’s social media handles to engage fans all over the world.The men’s singles Wimbledon final clashed with the FIFA World Cup 2018 final and faced the prospect of losing the viewership if the timing had clashed. The Wimbledon final was scheduled for a start at 18.30 IST while World Cup at 20.30 IST.Dates for the World Cup final have ranged from June 10 to July 30, and each has been on a Sunday except for the first tournament in Uruguay in 1930, played on a Wednesday, and the 1966 tournament in England, which finished on a Saturday at Wembley.The Wimbledon’s men’s singles final was scheduled for a Saturday until 1981. The World Cup final has twice been the same day as the men’s singles final, on July 8 in 1990, in Rome, and on July 9 in 2006, in Berlin.It was third time that the final of the two sporting spectacle clashed on the same Sunday.The roots of this years conflict go back six years. The All England Club announced in July 2012 that it would increase the time between the end of the French Open and the start of Wimbledon from two weeks to three starting in 2015, allowing players extra time to adjust to the switch from clay courts to grass.FIFA’s executive council announced World Cup kick-off times in December 2015.Wimbledon never had any intent to alter the start time of its final, traditionally about 2:10 p.m. local (18.40 IST). Its large-screen videoboard on Henman Hill remained tuned to tennis.Pressure for a shift would have increased had England played their first final since winning the World Cup in 1966.Earlier this month, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.Many spectators opted to leave the grounds and watch the match at neighbouring pubs, leaving Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka to start off their third round match in front of thousands of empty green seats.Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russia on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.(With inputs from Agencies)
The Indian women’s hockey team needed a draw to secure their place in the knockout stage of 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup. India produced a spirited performance to come back from a goal down and hold higher-ranked the United States of America to a 1-1 draw.The draw enabled India too keep their campaign alive in the tournament and progress to the next round while USA crashed out of the event.As per the rules of the tournament the top teams from the four pools progress directly to the quarterfinals while the second and third placed teams will feature in the cross overs to decide the remaining four spots of the last eight round.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSMargaux Paolino (11th minute) broke the deadlock for world no.7 USA before skipper Rani Rampal equalised for 10th ranked India in the 31st minute.The Indians started brightly with good forays into the US citadel but the forwards failed to breach the rival defence.#HWC2018 @TheHockeyIndia v @USAFieldHockey https://t.co/uCW6eHh8Fp pic.twitter.com/i1ZOSzFrA5FIH (@FIH_Hockey) July 29, 2018India secured their first penalty corner in the seventh minute but the Americans defended well.As time passed by the Americans grew in confidence and started to attack the Indian goal quite frequently.From one such occasion, Margaux Paolino scored from a rebound in the 11th minute after her initial try was kicked away by Indian goalkeeper Savita.Stung by the goal, the Indians continued to press forward and secured two penalty corners in the final minutes of the first quarter but dragflicker Gurjit Kaur failed on both occasion as USA ended the first quarter with a slender lead.advertisementUSA secured their first penalty corner three minutes into the second quarter but the Indians stood tall to thwart any danger.A minute later India got another penalty corner but this time skipper Rani Rampal’s slap shot was well saved by American custodian Jackie Briggs.The Americans then pressed hard and secured two more penalty corners in the second quarter but Indian goalie Savita was upto the mark.Trailing by a goal, the Indians came out all guns blazing after the change of ends and drew level a minute into the third quarter through a penalty corner conversion by skipper Rani Rampal.The Indians showed great energy and attacked the American goal in numbers. In the process they earned their sixth penalty corner in the 47th minute but this time Gurjit’s powerful grounded flick was brilliantly saved by Briggs.The Indians, thereafter, defended brilliantly to deny USA any breakthrough to secure the hard-earned win and prolong their stay in the tournament.(With inputs from PTI)
Joe Root was a happy man as the win over India in the second Test was nowhere near as stressful as the first one at Edgbaston a week back.England dominated right from the word go at Lord’s and they wrapped up the game within four days to cap off their incredible show at the Home of Cricket.The Indian batsmen had struggled throughout the match and the fourth day of the match was no different as Stuart Broad and James Anderson ran through the Indian batting, picking up eight wickets amongst themselves before Man-of-the-Match Chris Wokaes dismissed Ishant Sharma in India’s second innings and handed them a humiliating innings and 159-run victory in the match.And, Root was extremely pleased with his bowlers and lauded them for their exceptional show throughout the game.”Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions of the batsman. To get that far in front, testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes,” said Root.Also read – India handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sROOOOOOT!!!Highlights: https://t.co/MTbD6n0GgN#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/vcwTaagL7PEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) August 12, 2018Captain Root was also full of praise for Woakes, who made his return to Test cricket as Ben Stokes’ replacement and struck a century and took four important wickets in the match.”Really pleased for Woaksey. Number of occasions he scored how talented he is with the bat. Chuffed to bits for Woakes. State of the game, everything about it, and him coming back into the side, someone who’s always been a big part of the squad, great to see him have the rewards. When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve. ,” said an elated Root.(DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)advertisementRoot also heaped praise on young Ollie Pope, 20, who made his debut for England in place of Dawid Malan.”Really good position to be in at the moment. Got to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted. I thought he (Pope) played really well. He batted at a very challenging time. To come in and put pressure back on the opposition was a great sign. We knew what he was capable of doing, we’ve seen him in county cricket. To see him fit seamlessly in the environment is a pleasing sight.,” Root said.He signed off by saying that the team is capable of playing even better and they will come out all guns blazing and look to seal the five-match series at Trent Bridge.”Obviously got another day now to rest and recover, get our heads around what we’ve done this week. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, lots of hard work. Lot of fellas that weren’t getting headlines, but you’ve got to pull together as a team. Great team performance,” said Root.Also read – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to lose Stuart Broad took 4/44 in the second innings of the Lord’s Test (AP Photo)Stuart Broad was also excited with the “powerful” performance and said that the conditions played in their favour and to win it at Lord’s after an “emotional” Test at Edgbaston was good.”I think it was a powerful performance from the team right up there. The emotions of the Test match at Edgbaston last week, so close that went, it took a lot out of us. So, it was great of us to come at Lord’s with the same amount of intensity and energy. We got the best of the conditions. The clouds seemed to work for us and also the sun was out when we were batting. There was a lot of skill involved with the side.”We are delighted with the way we performed. When the ball is swinging it gets easy to chase, with five slips in place all the time. The economy rates were very good and we didn’t give India too many freebies. We made Pujara work so hard for his runs. 87 balls, I think. There was always a ball with the batsman’s name on it. It was a really strong performance by all our bowlers and it really worked,” Broad said.Broad, who got the wickets of Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik on back-to-back deliveries, was on a hat-trick but he ended up bowling a wayward delivery to Ashwin, that went for four byes and he was extremely disappointed with that.advertisement”I was gutted when the rain came in, I was really getting in the rhythm then. It was a real shame. I didn’t bowl much from the pavilion end much. It was nice to get a chance from this end. The hat-trick ball was disappointing, it was so bad. I started it too straight,” Broad said.Also read – James Anderson first bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord’sBroad shared that the plan for the English team was to rotate the four fast bowlers.”We talked a lot before the series. About the bowlers rotating a bit. We are feeling pretty fresh and we have a few calm days before the Trent Bridge Test,” said Broad.A fantastic all-round performance! 4 wickets and a brilliant maiden century nets @chriswoakes the Player of the Match award! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/izHZInO1udICC (@ICC) August 12, 2018He also praised Woakes for his wonderful all-round performance.”Woakes is such a wonderful player, he’s great at everything he does. Lord’s is a wonderful place. Walking through the long room, is such a great feeling and something that you take with you,” Broad said before signing off.The teams will have a few days off now as the next Test at Trent Bridge starts on August 18.
Four players of the Japanese national basketball team have been sent home after they “spent the night in a hotel with women.”Japanese delegation head Yasuhiro Yamashita confirmed on Monday that the athletes have been kicked out due to their actions. The players were even made to pay for their return flights home.Yamashita told a news conference that the four players met up with the women after eating and drinking and were easily identified by wearing Japan-emblazoned shirts in an entertainment district.Asian Games 2018: Full Coverage”I met with the athletes and they deeply regret what they did,” Yamashita said. “I apologize from the bottom of my heart as the head of the delegation.”The incident took place after Japan’s 82-71 win over Qatar in a group-stage game last Thursday. Japan lost its first game against Taiwan 71-65.Asian Games 2018 Day 2 Live UpdatesJapanese Olympic officials said they learned of the incident after a newspaper published photographs of the players out on the town.The JOC identified the four as Takuya Hashimoto, Keita Imamura, Yuya Nagayoshi, and Takuma Sato, and said the players had to pay for their own flights home from Jakarta.The JOC said the players’ behavior was a “clear breach of the team’s conduct code, which specifies athletes are to be role models.”The eight remaining players in the Japan squad have a game against Hong Kong on Wednesday.(With AP inputs)
Liverpool’s James Milner converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime and Sadio Mane added a late second goal to secure a hard-fought 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday.It was an accomplished performance from Juergen Klopp’s side who, with Virgil Van Dijk in commanding form at centre-half, looked solid at the back as well as a threat going forward.Although they had to wait for Mane’s fine solo effort to wrap up the points in stoppage time, Liverpool will be delighted that after a 4-0 opening day win over West Ham United they made it six points and two clean sheets from their opening two games.While many will feel that Liverpool’s early form has confirmed pre-season predictions that they will be the main challengers to champions Manchester City for the title this season, Klopp said he had no interest in such talk.”It’s very early. I couldn’t care less really. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend. I was not 100 percent sure tonight in the first half that we would score,” said the German.”You have to play it as it is and be a real challenger, play ugly, do all that type of stuff. Our target is to be a difficult opponent. It is too soon to say anything after two match days. You can discuss whatever you want – just do it without us.”TURNING POINTPalace’s attacking threat was evident from early on and winger Andros Townsend sent a warning when he rattled the bar with a thundering effort from distance after cutting on to his left foot.advertisementBut the game turned as the visitors were awarded a penalty when Mamadou Sakho was ruled to have tripped Mohammed Salah.Palace felt Salah made a lot of the challenge but, despite the protests, Milner kept his cool to fire past Wayne Hennessey and send the Merseysiders into the break with the advantage.Palace’s task was made harder 15 minutes from time when defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for bringing down Salah in a goalscoring position.Mane made it 2-0 in stoppage time with great strength and skill as he broke from the halfway line, after collecting a Salah through ball, and rounded Hennessey before slotting home.Palace’s former England and Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was clearly furious with the penalty decision.”I take some comfort and pride in the team’s performance, but it won’t change my disappointment and anger,” he said.(With Reuters inputs)
With just a few more months to go before 2018 comes to a close, most smartphone manufacturers have released their best phones. Apple and Google are perhaps the only two companies that are yet to announce their flagship iPhones and Pixels, respectively. As a matter of fact, HMD Global is also yet to bring out its 2018 flagship Nokia phone, but the company has left us with around 10 budget to mid-range smartphones already. August was pretty busy and important month for smartphone launches in India and the first week of September also saw a few phones from the likes of Xiaomi.The August was an important month was because we saw the launch of a new Xiaomi sub-brand called Pocophone. More important, the brand came out with the Poco F1 which completely shook up the affordable segment in India by announcing a Rs 20,000 phone with a Snapdragon 845 chipset. This is the kind of phone that suddenly hits the reset button, making us re-examine what we should expect from a smartphone now, be it in the budget segment or the high-end. Of course, the Poco F1 makes the list of the best phones you can buy in India this month, but we also have a bunch of other phones that we feel offer great value for their price.Cheapest phone worth buyingXiaomi Redmi 6A: Rs 5,999Launched earlier this week, the Redmi 6A replaces the Redmi 5A from last year and comes in at a similar price tag of Rs 5,999. The Redmi 6A is part of Xiaomi new Redmi 6 family that includes the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro as well. While it’s still early in the day to know just how good the 6A is, it’s worth mentioning that the phone is among the cheapest you can buy with an 18:9 display. If the 6A manages to bring the same all-round reliability as the 5A for an entry-level phone, then it should be worth considering.advertisementThe Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. There’s a 32GB variant available as well that will cost Rs 6,999, but if you’re going to spend that much you may as well go for the Redmi 6 instead. The Redmi 6A comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing sensor, houses a 3,000mAh battery and support dual 4G SIM cards.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Rs 9,999Xiaomi continues to be a force to recon with in the budget segment and the company just added a few more devices to its existing portfolio of low-cost phone, making it harder for the competition. The Redmi 6 might be out now but until we review the device we will continue to suggest the Redmi Note 5 under Rs 10,000, simply because its an impressive all-rounder that offers good performance and battery as well as an 18:9 FHD+ display. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Similarly, it comes in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot. The device sports a 12MP rear camera with dual LED flash and PDAF and a 5MP front-facing sensor.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Nokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 15,999The sub-Rs 20,000 segment saw the most action last month. Notably, HMD launched the stunning Nokia 6.1 Plus, a phone that was highly anticipated ever since the company announced it as the Nokia X6 in China. HMD also priced the device competitively at Rs 15,999, which was a pleasant surprise. The phone is perhaps the best-looking device in this segment right now thanks to an edge-to-edge notched display on the front and an all-glass body. The phone also boasts of an impressive performance and stock Android Oreo as part of the Android One program. I reviewed the device recently and called it one of the best Nokia phones from HMD so yet and its pricing makes it a terrific competitor to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.The Nokia 5.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port.advertisementXiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro is still a powerhouse of a phone that continues to fight off the competition in this segment. With a powerful processor, a large battery and some stellar cameras, the Note 5 Pro is worth every penny even now. It sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor, which is coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage. Thanks to a powerful as well as a power efficient chipset, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a smooth and fast phone no matter what you throw at it.Apart from a solid performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also comes with some of the best cameras in this segment. The 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back manages to capture some crisp and detailed photos under good light and more importantly they also manage to hold well under low-light. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro ships with Android Nougat with MIUI on top, it can be upgraded to Oreo now. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery that will keep you going for a good day and a half to two days.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Poco F1: Rs 20,999It’s not often that we see a smartphone completely disrupt the market in a way the Poco F1 did last month. Priced starting at Rs 20,999, the Poco F1 is the cheapest with a Snapdragon 845 and is tagged as a flagship killer of the kind OnePlus used to be back in the day. Arguably the most surprising phone to come out this year, the Poco F1 is perhaps the best value for money phone right now and is the one to go for in the mid-range segment, if you’re lucky enough to claim it during the flash sale.The Poco F1 brings a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery to take you through a good day and a half.Best phone(s) under Rs 50,000OnePlus 6: Rs 34,999The Poco F1 may be the new flagship killer in town, but it does come with a few tradeoffs. While it matches the OnePlus 6 in terms of performance, the design itself is pretty cheap and unappealing. The OnePlus 6 now seems a little more expensive, but it comes with a far better design language thanks to an all-glass body. With reports that the onePlus 6T could launch in October, you can either buy the OnePlus 6 right now or wait for the next flagship.advertisement The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.Honor 10: Rs 32,999Honor has proved time and again it’s capable of bringing out some stunning phones across various price segments. The Honor 10 is te company’s current flagship phone in India and the company justifies its price tag by not only bringing a stunning design that includes an all-glass design with an aurora colour scheme on the back and an edge-to-edge 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD notched display up front.Apart from the looks, the Honor 10 also brags about some serious hardware that includes a AI-based Kirin 970 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone holds a 3,400mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1. The Honor 10 also brings some impressive cameras that includes a dual rear camera system that comprises of a one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 24-megapixel camera up front.Best phone(s) money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,990The Galaxy Note 9 is a return to form for Samsung and is perhaps the best flagship from the company to date. It gets everything right and ticks all the boxes for a flagship which includes a stunning AMOLED Infinity Display, best-in-class cameras, excellent performance and even an all-day battery life. The Galaxy Note 9 brings everything great about the Note 8 and the S9+ and adds something more to it. And the new S Pen with Bluetooth support also gives you more reasons to use the stylus now. The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Infinity display. It is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with the base variant getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery, which is a major bump from the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy S9+. The device runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature that has won the Galaxy S9 phones a lot of praise. The front camera is also similar at 8-megapixel and F/1.7 aperture.Before we goWe did not include phones from Google and Apple in this list because both the companies are set to announce their new flagships in the next two months. Apple will announce three new iPhones on September 12, all of which will be based on the iPhone X. These iPhones are expected to come to India soon after and the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could be priced more reasonably than the iPhone X which costs a whopping Rs 1 lakh.Google is also expected to announce the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both the phones are expected to bring full-screen displays, only the XL variant is expected to come with a notch. While the Pixel 2 phones are still fantastic options to buy in India, we recommend waiting for another month to see what Google has in store for us.<br />
London, Oct 24 (AFP) The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” premiered in London in grand style on Tuesday, reflecting the enduring appeal of Queen and their legendary frontman 27 years on from his death.Fans watched the film in the 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena — opposite the stadium where the iconic British rock band gave a famous performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.Appreciation of the group’s legacy and Mercury’s unique talent has only grown since his death in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.Among the world’s best-selling artists ever, most of the band’s sales have come since the singer’s passing at the age of 45.And Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, now 71 and 69, are still rocking arenas worldwide, resurgent as a live act propelled by the flamboyant US vocalist Adam Lambert.Now hits including “We Will Rock You”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” are set for a further lease of life through the movie.In the pipeline for eight years, the film could deliver another smash hit, with Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek winning rave reviews for his performance as Mercury.Malek has talked about tackling a complex character — a publicly bombastic yet privately shy individual with a highly unusual path to stardom.”Freddie Mercury is synonymous with being otherworldly,” the actor said on the red carpet.”The guy knew exactly what he was doing. That’s why we’re celebrating him.”He was a revolutionary.”Born Farrokh Bulsara in 1946 to a Parsi Indian family living on the East African spice island of Zanzibar and educated at an English-style boarding school in India, he arrived in London when his family fled the 1964 Zanzibar revolution.advertisementThe movie follows Mercury’s rise to fame and complicated love life, from Queen’s formation in 1970 to the band’s star turn at Live Aid.Their 20-minute set at Wembley Stadium was the band’s finest hour, often cited as one of the greatest live performances ever.Mercury’s demise seemed like the end for Queen — a band of four equal partners who each wrote chart-topping hits.Bassist John Deacon retired in 1997 and has vanished from the public eye.Assuming Queen was a chapter closed, May and Taylor tried to move on with solo careers.However, they gradually came to embrace rather than resist the gravitational pull of their band’s legacy.And Mercury’s legend only grows with time, yet to be eclipsed by a more captivating stadium showman.Even during his lifetime, Mercury was stunned that nobody had written a hit to overtake “We Are The Champions”.But 41 years on, his 1977 singalong anthem remains the go-to tune at sporting finales, and 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is still regularly voted the greatest rock song ever written. With Deacon’s blessing to carry on as Queen, May and Taylor joined forces with bluesy former Free singer Paul Rodgers from 2005 to 2008 and played sell-out concerts.Afterwards, the pair assumed their revival was done.Then in 2009, on the television show “American Idol”, they met Lambert — someone May describes as a “gift from God”.Early brief performances snowballed into a European tour in 2012 and world tours in the years since.May and Taylor are visibly rejuvenated by Lambert’s natural ability to handle Mercury’s dramatic range and camp touch.Queen fans have embraced the 36-year-old, who does not try to mimic or replace their lost frontman.Lambert acknowledges before audiences that he’s “no Freddie”, and asks their permission to celebrate Mercury with them by singing his lines.Billed as Queen and Adam Lambert, they played 26 arena shows in North America and another 26 in Europe in 2017.But such is the demand that they were back out again this year, touring Oceania and Europe and holding a residency in Las Vegas.Concertgoers include those old enough to have seen Queen’s last tour with Mercury in 1986, but also younger generations thrilled at the chance to experience the band live.Their tours have rocked Wembley Arena twice in the last 10 months. May and Taylor were back at the indoor venue for the movie premiere.”I think we have done Freddie proud,” said May. (AFP) PMSPMS
Chennai, Dec 5 (PTI) Dinesh Karthik has made it clear he has no plans of quitting first class cricket to focus on limited overs, saying he will continue to pursue his dream of claiming the Ranji Trophy title for Tamil Nadu. Last month, India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu had announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on ODIs and T20Is. Asked if he thinking in similar lines, Karthik said: “No, I haven’t thought about it because I really enjoy playing for Tamil Nadu. I think one of the joys of the sport is playing for the state. “The minute I think that people see me as a burden playing for Tamil Nadu I will take a step back,” he told reporters ahead of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group ‘B’ match between Tamil Nadu and Kerala beginning Thursday. “I will play for Tamil Nadu as long as possible only because the dream of winning that one title for me – the Ranji Trophy. Still not been able to achieve it, so I will keep trying as many years as I can play for Tamil Nadu.” The dashing wicketkeeper-batsman, who enjoyed a good 2018 including his heroics in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka, said it was a phenomenal year.”It has been a phenomenal year. Very happy to be in the place that I am. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Actually, it is interesting times,” said Karthik, who was part of the Indian T20 squad which played in Australia recently.advertisement He is part of next year’s 50-overs World Cup but Karthik said he was not thinking so far ahead.”I am not thinking so far ahead. Because as soon as I start thinking about the World Cup and all that there will be more pressure than what is already there. “There is obviously the Australia series, New Zealand series … there is a lot of cricket coming up, I need to focus on that … the best I can do and take it from there,” he added. Karthik, who has been seen in the finisher’s role in the national side in recent times, said it was an aspect he was working on. “Look, I think that’s one aspect that I have been trying to work on, trying to finish games. I try to practice in such a way that I put myself in situations where I can practice that and things have been coming out pretty well in those kind of tense situations,” he said. “It is a very important aspect of batting … trying to finish games off and that’s what I am focusing on,” he added. To a question if he was focusing on cementing his place in the national T20 squad, the Tamil Nadu player said his aim was to do well in every match that he plays. “For me every match is an opportunity to do well, as clichéd as it sounds, that’s how I have been playing in the last few years. Next is the Ranji Trophy. I need to do well. My endeavour is to help Tamil Nadu qualify. “The T20s, ODIs and Tests all those will fall in place once I try and keep doing well consistently, it is a confidence sport.” Tamil Nadu have logged only five points from four games so far and Karthik said the team needs to play some special cricket if they have to qualify for the knockouts. “We need to play some special cricket. I don’t think we have played up to potential in the first four games. If we want to qualify we need to do something special from hereon,” he said. PTI SS ATKATK
Travis Head was the leading light for Australia amidst the doom and gloom of yet another poor show with the bat on day 2 of the first Test against India on Friday.Head scored an unbeaten half-century on his home debut to give Australia hope, being 191/7, still 59 runs short of India’s modest total of 250 at the close of play at the Adelaide Oval.”It’s nice to do the job for the team. That’s all I’m here to do. We hung in there in the end,” Head, was is 61 not out, said at the close of play to Fox Sports.Even though Head lauded the Indian bowlers for their efforts, he wants to stay positive about his team’s chances.”India bowled exceptionally today. We’ve got a really important hour in the morning. Every run is going to be valuable,” Head added.A half-century for Travis Head at his home ground!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/YdSWCCechDcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018Head wasn’t the only one though, as debutant Marcus Harris too said that Australia are “still fighting, still in the contest”.Harris, like Head was all praise for the Indian bowlers.”I thought they bowled really well – the run rate’s only two and a bit, so I thought they bowled really well. We stuck at it pretty well. It was a tough day. It wasn’t easy to score, so I thought we fought well,” Harris said at the press conference.”Travis Head batted well, Peter Handscomb looked good and Mitchell Starc batted well at the end. I think we’re in a decent position,” Harris said.advertisementHe said that Australia did want to get on the front foot and attack but the Indian bowlers kept relentless pressure to force them into fending off overs.”You can only put bowlers under pressure if they give you opportunity to put them under pressure. The wicket doesn’t let you play like that.”You want to come out and blast them everywhere and be going great guns, but sometimes it’s not that way. That’s why it’s called Test cricket. We’re still fighting, still in the contest.”That’s stumps! Australia trail by 59 runs, but Travis Head is leading the way for the home side on 61 not out.Scorecard here: https://t.co/lTUqyqRMzW #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FwI9E8VvLFcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018Asked if Australia’s intent was to attack the Indian bowling at all, he said, “You want to attack all the time but sometimes it’s not that easy. The wicket wasn’t overly easy to score on, and I thought they set good fields.”It was just one of those old school, hard days of Test cricket and I think it’s pretty even and both teams have bowled pretty well so far like you’ve seen.”Harris scored 26 off 57 balls in his first Test innings before R Ashwin, who finished with 3/50 on day two, dismissed him. The off spinner also got rid of left-handers Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh after lunch.”I’ve faced Nathan Lyon a lot and he’s pretty good. I thought Ashwin bowled really well, mixed up his pace a lot, bowled a few different variations with side spin and over spin.”There’s probably going to be a little bit of turn there going on in the game for the third and fourth innings, so Nathan will come into it like he did in the first innings.”(Ashwin) was hard to score off and Virat set some really good fields. It wasn’t easy but hopefully we can keep finding a way.””It was just a change of pace that came on a little bit quicker,” Harris added, about his own dismissal.”He’s been doing more media than I have!”Great stuff here from Marcus Harris on a special time for him and the family! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/KVHwBw7figcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018The opener said that it was a tough day of Test cricket when shot making wasn’t easy and that they had to bide time against such a disciplined bowling attack.”It’s not easy to score on. The last couple of years have been tough with the pink ball wicket and it’s similar now with a lot more grass on it. So it’s not as easy as it used to be with the old Adelaide Oval wicket.”We haven’t got millions of Test matches in our top six, so I think people just have to be a little bit patient. We’ll work it out, but it’s a tough wicket and they bowled really well.advertisement”Sometimes there’s going to be days where you can’t come out and blast them at three and four an over, just got to grind away.”A good thing with this wicket is it gets better as this match goes on, so I think that should hold us in good stead,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Adelaide Test: Ricky Ponting raises questions after Aaron Finch’s rash shotAlso Read | Adelaide Test: R Ashwin thrilled after perfect attrition day for India against AustraliaAlso Read | Adelaide Test: Ashwin, Ishant lead India’s sensational fightback vs AustraliaAlso Read | Not everyone here is Pujara: Rishabh Pant taunts Australia batsmen in AdelaideAlso Read | Ashwin looking very dangerous, has learnt from Nathan Lyon: Sunil Gavaskar
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Cricket star Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been appointed the India ambassador of Italian luxury sports watchmaker Panerai.”I closely relate with the authenticity, passion and boldness that the brand embodies. These are some strong attributes that I have been applying to my career and life beyond cricket, stirring true emotions towards Panerai, and underlining my natural connection with the brand,” Dhoni said in a statement. The collaboration marks the brand’s commitment towards the Indian market.”M.S. Dhoni is a celebrated sportsman, a sophisticated gentleman with a distinctive persona that impeccably resonates the masculine identity of the brand’s watches, said Panerai CEO Jean-Marc Pontroue.–IANSrb/sed
The land of luqaimat, bakhoor, sun and sand offers a stunning palette of sights and experiences- powdery sand dunes caressing the skyline, turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, plush resorts, grand recreation centres and the Grand Prix arena that lure luxury seekers to Abu Dhabi. The sprawling emirate and its,The land of luqaimat, bakhoor, sun and sand offers a stunning palette of sights and experiences- powdery sand dunes caressing the skyline, turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, plush resorts, grand recreation centres and the Grand Prix arena that lure luxury seekers to Abu Dhabi. The sprawling emirate and its capital city offer travellers a bevy of varied experiences from adventure to luxurious pampering and gastronomical journeys around the globe. In 48 hours, you can explore the best that Abu Dhabi offers- culture, food, adventure and decadent luxury.Arabic AntiquityMeet the earliest human communities to have come to the region, explore the ancient pilgrim routes and trace the evolution of trade with the new ongoing exhibition, Roads of Arabia-Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia that’s showing at the Louvre, Abu Dhabi. Already shown in 15 cities around the world, the exhibition has objects and artifacts found in the UAE that reflect the archaeological research in the region. As you wander through the four indoor galleries that house artifacts from the world over, the dazzling Fountain of Light by Ai Weiwei meets you in the last wing. Made with more than 32,000 crystals, the twisted glittering structure is an Instagram star and wraps up the tour that narrates the shared history of humanity across regions, an idea that Sheikh Zayed supposedly stressed on.Roads of Arabia is on exhibition till February 2019; Book tickets onwww.louvreabudhabi.aeArabian NightsStories of Alladin and Ali Baba come alive at the Arabian Nights Village that offers a glimpse into the life of the land before the discovery of oil transformed it into a modern international destination. Go dune bashing in the Al Khatim desert, hit the sand trail in sturdy 4 X 4 cars, hurtle down the sun-scorched sand dunes and stop to admire the sunset. Back at the Village, you’re welcomed with strong, spiced Arabic coffee poured in tiny ceramic cups and served with a date as the scent of Bakhoor floats through the cool evening air. Get Arabic henna prints drawn on your palms as an Oud player and belly dancers transport you to a bygone era remembered in books and films.advertisementBooking on arabiannightsvillage.com Exotic escape: Rides at Ferrari World.PlaytimeThe first glimpse of the recently opened Warner Brothers World brings a flood of childhood memories as Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones and Superman spring to life. The 29 fun rides offer a mix of thrilling adventure with the Joker Funhouse and Fast and Furry-ous and the slower Galactic Odyssey with Green Lantern that is more about technical prowess than thrill. If speed and sports cars are more your choice, Ferrari World is right around the corner at Yas Island, the leisure destination of Abu Dhabi. Experience the intense G-force on the Formula Rossa that zips at a speed of 240 km per hour, gokart with children or challenge the best lap times on simulators. The bathed-in-red first ever Ferraribranded theme park in the world offers adventure junkies 37 rides and attractions revolving around the Italian sports car.Tickets cost AED 295Culinary journeysFrom hobool to rajma and steak to sashimi, Abu Dhabi’s restaurants offer a gastronomical journey from around the globe. While the steakhouses at Ritz Carlton and Fairmont Bab Al Bahr are a delight for meat lovers, the Emirati cuisine restaurants give a glimpse into local delicacies. Mezlai at the Emirates Palace welcomes guests with a bowl of luqaimat, fried dough balls drizzled with date syrup, and offers a menu of fresh salads, hummus, babaganoush, mughrabia, Rgag, a traditional bread and harees, a popular dish in this part of the world. Wrap up the dinner with the famed coffee at the Emirates Palace that is finished with gold dust for a taste of decadence. If you’re looking for a more traditional experience, go to Al Fanar where the samboosa, hobool and khoboz khameer are served in floral print ceramic ware. The Abu Dhabi skyline at sunset.StaycationIf your idea of a getaway is luxurious pampering, the Ritz Carlton and Jumeirah at Saadiyat step in to offer just the perfect experience. The crescent-shaped, Renaissance-styled Ritz Carlton Grand Canal with a central Venetian-style waterway offers multi cuisine restaurants, lush lawns and the ESPA spa for massages and back rubs. At the newly opened Jumeirah on Saadiyat Island Island Resort, the beachside resort experience is irresistible with stunning views of the glittering Persian Gulf, multiple pools and rooms that open up to vistas of the white sands.
Sony has been one of the few companies over the last few years to completely avoid the display notch in its smartphones. Its premium XZ series of flagship smartphones have till date stuck to an 18:9 display aspect ratio. It isn’t difficult to predict that Sony probably did this to avoid the disproportionate aesthetics of the notch. However, of late we have seen renders of Sony’s upcoming flagship device gaining larger, or rather a taller, display. Sony seems to be following its own trend of putting taller displays on more affordable Xperia phones as well.Official renders of a Sony smartphone, discovered by WinFuture, have leaked on the Internet. The device is slated to be called the Xperia XA3 and will sport the new taller display ratio that we have previously seen for the leaked renders of the XZ4. The renders show that the front of the phone will sport a modern narrow-bezel display, but in a quirky fashion.The side bezels are extremely thin as usual. The top bezel, as seen in the renders, is extremely thick. In fact, it’s as thick as smartphones with 16:9 displays with thicker bezels from yesteryears. The fat forehead hosts the earpiece and possibly, the front camera as well as the sensors. The display is similar to the 21:9 “Cinemawide” panel rumoured to make an appearance on the XZ4 as well. Wonder what’ the benefit of such a thick forehead in a smartphone in 2019?A slim chin.The Xperia XA3 renders show an almost non-existent chin at the bottom, sitting flush with the side bezels. In fact, the chin seems to be as perfect as the one on the iPhone XS.advertisement Basically, what Sony has done is reverse the display arrangement the completely. In other Android phones, manufactures tuck in the display connectors and drivers under the bottom bezel, due to which they gain a noticeable chin. In the XA3, Sony has probably housed the display driver on top of the phone. This has resulted in a weird yet interesting solution for Sony to tackle the issue of a notch or a thick chin.Rest of the smartphone seems fairly conventional. The XA3 render shows the usual buttons, speaker and ports arrangement as seen on previous Sony Xperia devices. The rear of the phone sports a horizontally mounted dual camera module. The device will also sport NFC as standard. The renders also show a host of colour variants that Sony could offer on the Xperia XA3 when it’s launched.Do you think Sony’s implementation of avoiding a notch is more practical than the existing convention of notches or slider displays?ALSO READ | New Nokia 9 PureView renders once again reveal notch-less display, five rear camerasALSO READ | Facebook is making it easier for you to see how your contact info is used for targeting adsALSO READ | Is WhatsApp planning to leave India? No, but it is concerned about government demands
India vice-captain Rohit Sharma firmly believes that for World Cup selection, the players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ in the last four years and not on how they perform during the IPL.World Cup will begin days after conclusion of IPL on May 12.The national selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the 15-member Indian squad for the mega-event.”With their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on what is happening with those guys in IPL although I feel IPL should not be the criteria for team selection,” he said at the launch of a new website cricket.com here Thursday.”They have played enough international matches to see where each individual stands. You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event, it’s my personal opinion. IPL is a different ball game. It’s franchise cricket and yes, form matters a lot.”In the last four years we have played enough One Day International matches, enough T20 cricket. That should be enough for guys to understand these are the players that we want,” he added.Also Read | Batting slots should be decided according to match situation: Kapil DevHowever, the Mumbai Indians skipper also acknowledged that IPL has helped him in his preparations for the upcoming mega event.”Every time we play IPL, there is some big event right after happening – a big Test series or big one-day series. It does help also. 35-plus or 40 guys will probably need some rest. I was talking to Jasprit (Bumrah) the other day. He needs to play a lot of matches and bowl a lot to be match fit than be at home. I also, as a batter, need to play,” Rohit said.advertisementIndia have a more or less settled squad for the World Cup, barring one slot and Rohit feels skipper Virat Kohli’s preference is utmost most important to sort out that position.Rohit, who is a certainty in the World Cup squad as an opener, also said that the specific spot that needs to be filled would be dictated by conditions that are likely to prevail in England during the World Cup, commencing May 30.”I think we are pretty much settled. A few spots are there which everyone knows about. It all depends on what captain, coach and selectors think about the combination, whether we need to go with an extra middle order batsman, extra opener, extra seamer or spinner. Conditions in England will matter a lot,” he said.”I know how it works with the captain. The preference of the captain is very important in terms of that extra player he wants in the squad. I think Virat and (Indian team’s head coach) Ravi shastri have to decide what exactly the combination that they want or what extra player or where is that extra cushion they are looking for. That is something that will matter the most.”Also Read | Jason Behrendorff wants to impress World Cup selectors with his IPL performanceRohit believes the team management will have to play a gamble in selecting the squad with regard to picking up that extra player.”Last summer when we were there the conditions were really dry. But we don’t know whether it will be the same (during the World Cup). If it is (the same) we need an extra spinner there – it’s as simple as that,” he said.”If it’s not, probably we will need an extra seamer there. I also understand we would not know what the weather conditions will be (but) we have to select the team in the next few days or weeks, actually.Also Watch | Flexibility and options crucial for India at 2019 World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar
Sachin Tendulkar turns 46 on today, April 24. Famously known as ‘Little Master,’ Sachin was born this day in 1973 in Maharashtra.Legendary cricketer stepped on the field of cricket on November 15, 1989, while made his one day international (ODI) debut on December 18, 1989.Only 16 when he debuted, Sachin played sublime cricket throughout his cricketing career, which lasted for 24 years.Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs in ODI and is 4,192 runs ahead of the second positioned batsman Kumar Sangakkara.Moreover, he is atop the list of ‘most runs’ in the longest-format, accumulating 15,921 runs.Tendulkar featured in six World Cups and here is a list of some great knocks played by Tendulkar in the premier tournament:Master blaster, at the age of 22, played an impeccable inning of 90 runs at his home ground in Mumbai.India was chasing a target of 259 runs against the best bowlers in the game, at the time, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.But Tendulkar did not show any trepidation and gathered brilliant 90 runs. Although his inning was not enough to chase down the target set by the visitors as Australia won the match by 16 runs.Tendulkar’s unbeaten knock of 149 runs came at a very crucial time as India were in an utmost need of a victory to keep themselves alive in the tournament. This performance from Tendulkar dismantled the Kenya bowling attack and cruised India to an easy win.Tendulkar scored 98 against Pakistan when India were chasing a target of 274. The inning holds great significance because he scored against bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shahid Afridi but Tendulkar swatted 12 boundaries and a six provided his side momentum to chase down the target.advertisementIn a group stage clash against England, Master Blaster again showed a stunning performance as he scored 120 runs and helped his side set a target of 338 runs. England, who then came out to bat scored 338 as well and as a result, the match concluded on a tie.Tendulkar scored 85 against Pakistan in the semi-finals of the quadrennial tournament and took India to the victory, thus one step closer to the title. India then went on to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets and the World Cup win for India in 2011 handed over Tendulkar the only missing trophy.Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Master Blaster turns 46Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: ’46 represents the years you have blessed this planet’Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Recapping the Master Blaster’s innumerable records
The Nokia 4.2 (Review) has been launched in India a couple of months after being announced at MWC 2019. The Nokia 4.2 is an affordable smartphone that slots below the Nokia 5.1 Plus in the hierarchy. It touts a premium glass design along with an attractive waterdrop display and a unique notification light power button and Google Assistant button. The Android One device also runs on stock Android Pie and is powered by a Snapdragon 439 chipset, among other things.HMD Global’s newest Nokia phone will take on some Redmi, Samsung and Realme devices that fall around Rs 10,000. Interestingly, the Nokia 4.2 is priced similar to the Nokia 5.1 Plus, which was launched last year with an all-glass design and Helio P60 chipset. Unlike the Nokia 5.1 Plus which is available online, the Nokia 4.2 will only cater to the offline crowd. Here’s what you need to know about the latest Nokia smartphone.Nokia 4.2 specificationsDisplay: The Nokia 4.2 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (1520×720) LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 295ppi.Processor: It is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with Adreno 505 GPU.RAM: The phone is offered with 3GB of RAM.Internal storage: It gets 32GB of internal storage. The Nokia 4.2 supports storage expandability up to 400GB.Rear camera: The dual camera system includes a 13MP f/2.2 primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera.Front camera: It sports an 8MP selfie camera housed within the waterdrop notch.Software: The Android One device runs on stock Android 9 Pie.Battery: The Nokia 4.2 houses a 3,000mAh battery.Nokia 4.2 features– The Nokia 4.2 is the first phone from the company to come with a dedicated Google Assistant button. By placing an AI button on the side of the device, HMD aims to make it easier than ever for consumers to interact with Assistant. A single press of the button will give you instant access to Assistant. Double pressing the button will bring up a display of relevant information for the day and a long press of the button will allow you to make longer requests.advertisement– In addition to a Google Assistant button, the Nokia 4.2 also gets a power button with a LED notification light embedded within. The “breathing light” as HMD calls it, will glow when you receive notifications like messages, missed calls and emails. — The latest Nokia phone is also one of the first from the company to sport a waterdrop notch. This means you get thinner bezels and a less distracting notch compared to the wide notches on the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus last year. Not only does the Nokia 4.2 offer a more immersive display, but it also Widevine L1 certified, which means you will be able to stream content on Netflix and Prime Video in true HD resolution provided the platforms offer that support to the Nokia 4.2 as well.– The Nokia 4.2 also touts a premium design for an affordable smartphone. It sports a 2.5D glass on the front and back. The rear glass panel makes the handset look rich and the company is also launching the Nokia 4.2 in a new Pink Sand colour in addition to Black.– Much like every other Nokia phone, the Nokia 4.2 is also an Android One device that runs on stock Android 9 Pie. This also means the phone will receive two major software updates in the future as well as monthly Android security patches.Nokia 4.2 price in India and availabilityThe Nokia 4.2 will cost Rs 10,990 in India. There is only one variant of the phone that comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. HMD is launching the Nokia 4.2 in Black and Pink Sand colours in India.HMD’s latest Nokia phone will primarily be sold via offline channels and on Nokia.com/phones. Starting May 7, the Nokia 4.2 will be sold exclusively on the official Nokia website for 7 days. From May 14, the device will be available exclusively through retail outlets and partners like Croma, Reliance, Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C and MyG. From May 21, the Nokia 4.2 will be available across India at leading retail stores and Nokia.com/phones.There are a bunch of launch offers on the Nokia 4.2. For starters, customers can avail a Rs 500 instant discount until June 10, 2019 on the Nokia 4.2, thereby bringing the price down to Rs 10,490. To avail this offer, consumers will need to use the promo code “LAUNCHOFFER” on Nokia.com/phones.Those who buy the Nokia 4.2 will also receive a free six-month screen replacement worth Rs 3,500. Customers can also avail a 10 percent cashback on purchasing the Nokia 4.2 using HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards on EMI and regular transactions done through Pinelabs terminals in offline stores. This offer will be valid till June 10 as well.advertisementVodafone and Idea subscribers will receive Rs 2,500 instant cashback as 50 vouchers of Rs 50 each. There vouchers can be redeemed at on recharge of Rs 199 and above.ALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 review: Premium and compact Android One phone on a budget
All-rounder Vijay Shankar being picked as Indias No.4 batsman for the World Cup saw the birth of the biggest debate to engulf Indian cricket in recent times.Former cricketers and pundits have had their say and many believe that Ambati Rayudu or Rishabh Pant would have been a better option. But then, the five wise men — national selectors — clearly thought otherwise when they felt that Shankar fits the bill.Interestingly, criticism and Shankar have a history. They go hand-in-hand to be honest. Not many cricket fans in the country would have forgotten the all-rounder’s struggle against Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy and the hate reaction that followed on social media after Shankar struggled with the bat during India’s chase and ended with a 19-ball 17.Even though India won the game, Shankar was made to relive the horror of his innings again and again by media and fans. But every dark cloud has a silver lining.Speaking to IANS, Shankar said that it was a life lesson and one that made him a stronger human being who realised the importance of enjoying the moment and not putting too much pressure on himself on the cricket field. In fact, he also says that not many realised that it was just his first outing with the bat as an India player.”I would definitely say the Nidahas Trophy was a life changing experience as a cricketer for me. It has been a year and everyone knows what happened and how difficult it was.advertisement”I would have easily attended 50 phone calls from all over India. The press people kept calling me and asked me the same question. Even the social media and all was a little difficult for me, I felt a little disappointed and took me some time to get out of that zone.”But on the hindsight, it taught me how to come out of that, learned how to handle situations. That incident showed me that one bad day isn’t the end of the world. It hasn’t happened only to me, has happened to many top players over the years.”The best thing is that it happened on my first outing with the bat. I had bowled in the series, but that was the first time I went in to bat. I didn’t realise what happened right then, but that was a life lesson. It taught me to enjoy every moment as things as such episodes are temporary and I must focus on giving my 100 per cent,” he explained.Team believes I can do the job: Vijay ShankarComing back to the much-debated batting slot in the World Cup, Shankar has learned to de-stress and not get bothered by what is being said around him. For him, it is the team management that counts.”I had a decent run when I batted at No.3 in the T20 series in New Zealand. The most important thing is that the team management has shown trust in me and believes I can do the job. That gives you extra motivation. The need of the team is my priority and I am always ready to adapt to situations and conditions.”I am enjoying myself and don’t put any pressure on myself. I like to read the situation and play accordingly. I give importance to work ethics and there is no shortcut,” he smiled.Asked what exactly has the feedback been from the seniors and head coach Ravi Shastri, Shankar doesn’t wish to divulge much and says that he is a keen observer and looks to imbibe as much as he can when he is around the senior players in the team.”First of all to be a part of the Indian team is something we all dream about when we start playing. I am someone who looks to imbibe things from Kohli, Mahi bhai or Rohit. I always believe in watching and learning from them. I have interacted with them to help me improve as a cricketer. They have told me that I am doing my job and the focus should be on keeping things simple,” the 29-year-old said.Comparisons with the team’s numero uno all-rounder Hardik Pandya is bound to happen and even before one brings in the topic of how his bowling could be needed in English conditions, Shankar says that he has been working on his bowling.”I have been working a lot on my bowling and I am someone who believes in keeping the process right. I feel that if the situation arises when the skipper hands me the ball, I should be confident that I can do the job and only then will that translate into performance. It is all about gaining in confidence with every given opportunity,” he pointed.advertisementAlso Read | For MS Dhoni, Team India is above everything else: Virat KohliAlso Read | Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy with that of Team India: Sourav GangulyAlso See:
India is all set to play the first match of this edition’s ICC Cricket World Cup against South Africa on Wednesday and cricket fans in Varanasi offered prayers for the team’s success in the match.’Vedic Mantras’ was chanted in the temple of Varanasi so that team perform well in the premier tournament and have a good start on Wednesday. India takes on South Africa at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in their World Cup 2019 opener.”We are praying that ‘God gives strength to team India so that team, under the leadership of Virat Kohli, win a one-sided match.’ Not only this we prayed that India beat all the teams and win the World Cup,” Acharya Pandit Rajendra Trivedi, one of the fans who offered prayers, told ANI.Ramesh Verma, another fan, said: “We have taken blessings from Bholenath for India’s success. We will win all the matches and I think we will win the World Cup for the third time. India is the strongest team with good batsmen and bowlers.”This is India’s first match in the tournament while South Africa will be playing their third match. South Africa has lost both its matches at the hands of England and Bangladesh.India are heading into the match as firm favourites. It will, therefore, be interesting to see whether South Africa will be able to change their fortunes from now on or India will justify their favorite tag.Also Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019advertisementAlso Read | India vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 8: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso See