Selectors Look At Shreyas Iyer To Solve India’s No. 4 Woes

first_imgMumbai: The Indian selectors — led by M.S.K. Prasad — finally decided to address the number four conundrum when they sat down to pick the squad for the West Indies tour on Sunday. After struggling through the World Cup without a fixed number four, the five wise men have decided to give Shreyas Iyer a go.Considered as one of the best batting units in the modern era, India failed to produce a number four batsman going into the 2019 World Cup and the tour of West Indies now provides the selectors the perfect opportunity to try and solve the issue with an eye on the 2023 World Cup.While the selectors decided to ignore Iyer for the World Cup, the ploy of experimenting at that position flopped. Coming into the Windies series, it was always going to be a competition between Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer for that position. Both the batsmen are currently in the West Indies with the India ‘A’ team and have been among runs. Interestingly, skipper Manish Pandey also hit a century in the series, but he is seen more as a number five or six than a number four in the batting line-up.Speaking on Gill’s exclusion, Prasad said: “He was given an opportunity when K.L. Rahul was out against New Zealand, he will have to wait for his turn.”Batting coach Sanjay Bangar came under the scanner for failing to produce a number four batsman ahead of the showpiece event despite being with the team for quite some time now.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the constant chopping and changing in the middle-order was something that had hurt the Indian team not just in the World Cup, but over the last couple of seasons. And for Bangar to not be able to find a solution is something that reflects poorly on the coach.“It was a constant struggle,” the official said. “While we are all supportive of the players and they had a good tournament with the exception of this bad day in office (in the semi-final against New Zealand), the support staff’s processes and decision-making will surely be scrutinised thoroughly prior to any decision being taken about their future.“The batting coach must have answers for the number 4 question since it is obvious that it was the team management that was asking for certain players to be included.”The Windies tour will provide Prasad and team a chance to try out youngsters in pivotal positions and ensure that the foundation laid is strong with an eye on the 2023 World Cup. IANS Also Read: Those Last Two Overs Were Like hell: Delhi Capitals Skipper Shreyas Iyerlast_img read more

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Women of Troy look to salvage season

first_imgWith the regular season over, the Women of Troy finished with an even record of 15-15 and a conference record of 8-12. Though USC had one of the toughest schedules in the country, this team did not live up to expectations and had to fight to make the NCAA Tournament.“We really expected to dominate and be in the hunt with Stanford and Washington,” said head coach Mick Haley. “We figured one of us would 19-1, the other 18-2 and last team would be 17-3, but that didn’t happen. The kids are still getting better and the setting is getting better with the new setters.”This season has been filled with changes and injuries from the get-go. At the beginning of the season, freshman Lauryn Gillis started at outside hitter but sophomore Elise Ruddins stepped in and flourished at that position later. She became a great option when Bricio was in the back row.After a slow start in conference, the Women of Troy changed their traditional 6-2 offense into a 6-2/5-1 hybrid. In this new offense, Haley removed senior setter Hayley Crone and used senior outside hitter Emily Young as a front row setter. This was a tough decision to make but as the season progressed the team started to gel and play better in this new system.Most college programs have to go through their share of illness and injuries, but the Women of Troy were struck with the injury bug early. Before the season even started, they lost their star sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu for an extended period of time due to a back injury. They also lost defensive specialist Anne Marie Schmidt in the middle of conference play due to an undisclosed illness.But just like the football team, the Women of Troy continued to pick themselves off the mat on several different occasions and kept working hard.“People finally realized that they needed to have sense of urgency,” said senior middle blocker Hannah Schraer. “People started working harder in practice, and there were switches made, but everyone kept working hard.”This USC team is extremely young, with 11 underclassmen, and the teammates continued to learn and improve as they played together. At the end of the season, the Women of Troy started to show what they are capable of accomplishing. Needing a win to become eligible to make the postseason, the Women of Troy traveled to Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats and won in a tough four-setter.On Nov. 30, the Women of Troy’s postseason hopes were held in the balance by the NCAA selection committee. For the 24th consecutive time the Women of Troy made the tournament. This year, the NCAA selection committee chose an unprecedented 10 Pac-12 teams in the 64-team tournament. Luckily, USC was ranked 10th in the Pac-12.The Women of Troy got placed into the bracket with the No. 2 overall seed Texas and No. 7 overall team, North Carolina.“USC has a very favorable draw considering we were just hanging on the wire and I am very happy with the position that we have,” Young said. “We can definitely make it to regionals and then the Final Four.”The Women of Troy’s first round matchup in Minneapolis will be against Coastal Carolina, a team that comes into the NCAA Tournament after beating No. 1 seed Radford in the Big South Championship. The Chanticleers have a record of 25-6 and are led by freshman outside hitter Leah Hardeman and setter Sam Skryd. In the 5-1 offense, Skryd has 1,073 assists on the season and 306 digs and her favorite hitter is Hardeman.Hardeman has 464 kills on the season which averages out to 4.03 kills a set. She also has 2.82 digs per set and 48 total blocks on the season. Another dangerous hitter for the Chanticleers is middle blocker Katie Martin, who has 71 blocks and 223 kills. For the Women of Troy to be successful, they have to slow down both of these big hitters down.If the Women of Troy get past the Chanticleers, they will have to face the winner of the North Carolina and Hampton contest in the second round, which will be no easy test. Though the regular season did not go as expected, a deep run in the NCAA tournament can change everyone’s mind. In their last regular season game of the season, the Women of Troy played a tough five-set match before they succumbed to their crosstown rival UCLA — just six days after USC’s football team also suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Bruins.Three-peat · Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was recently named to the Pac-12 First Team for the third straight year. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native will lead USC into to NCAA Tournament this weekend. – Brian Ji | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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AEW Dynamite news, results from the inaugural episode of the new show

first_img Gladwin Menezes A new era of professional wrestling was introduced to the fans with the debut of All Elite Wrestling’s TNT show Dynamite, headlined by a six-man tag team match, the coronation of the promotion’s first women’s champion and a high-stakes match for executive vice president Cody Rhodes. What exactly went down, who emerged victorious and which female competitor etched her name in the history books by claiming the gold?  Also Read | Chris Benoit’s son David reveals why he wants to wrestle for AEWAEW Dynamite results, gradesAlso Read | Rey Mysterio to get another WWE Universal Championship title shot?Cody def. Sammy Guevara via pinfallThe first match in AEW Dynamite history was a feisty one with something legitimate at stake as Cody secured a shot at inaugural AEW champion Chris Jericho. It was Jericho who also made his presence known after the match when he used the distraction of Guevara slapping and then shaking the hand of Cody to brutally attack him from behind. The wrestlers then traded huge high spots as Cody hit an inverted suplex for two before Guevara hit a majestic Spanish Fly off the top rope. The finish came when Guevara’s shooting star press attempt caught knees from Cody and a small package for the 1-2-3.MJF def. Brandon Cutler via submissionMJF cut his own entrance music short to deliver a strong pre-match promo in which he ripped the fans (prompting “a4###$$” chants). Cutler worked well in the underdog role, hitting a suicide dive into a Thesz press onto the floor. But MJF created a diversion shortly after by pulling the referee in front of him in the corner. The distraction allowed Friedman to land a crushing elbow strike and apply his Salt of the Earth armbar for an instant tap.Also Read | WWE SmackDown: Here’s how The Rock influenced the word ‘Smackdown’AEW Women’s Championship – Riho def. Nyla Rose via pinfall to win the inaugural titleThe first women’s title match in AEW history turned out to be a spirited one as both exceeded their performances. Riho went on to hit an avalanche Northern lights suplex from the second rope and a running set of knees to the face for the 1-2-3. The post-match melee certainly boosted things as Rose attacked Riho and hit a powerbomb on interviewer Michael Nakasawa. Rose then set up a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron only for Kenny Omega to run in, rescue Riho and deliver a push on Rose.Also Read | WWE: Here are draft predictions for SmackDown Live and RAW for 2019Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz def. Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks via pinfallIt appears that AEW has found its first heel faction following the main event. Moxley (f.k.a. Dean Ambrose in WWE) hit a DDT on Omega through a glass table to produce the craziest spot of the night, but the match continued from there. A late hot tag to Nick Jackson sparked an incredible medley of high-flying moves until Jericho ran in to intercept a Best Meltzer Ever attempt by hitting a Codebreaker. A Judas Effect followed, allowing the AEW champion Jericho to record the pin. WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 4th October, 2019 12:39 IST AEW Dynamite News, Results From The Inaugural Episode Of The New Show AEW Dynamite, A new era of professional wrestling was introduced to fans with the debut of All Elite Wrestling’s TNT show Dynamite. Here are the results. FOLLOW US Written By 1 year ago WATCH: BJP Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde makes controversial remark against Rahul Gandhi for asking for proof of IAF strike COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND First Published: 4th October, 2019 12:39 IST 1 year ago READ THIS: From Pulwama terror attack to the IAF strikes, here’s how India conceived, planned and executed the precision operation that decimated Pakistan’s terror camps 1 year ago SCOOP: Here’s how the Indian Air Force and NTRO zeroed in on Pakistan’s Balakot terror base as an attack targetlast_img read more

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