Indian Premier League Simon Katich calls for better umpiring in IPL

first_imgKolkata: Though Katich was not forthcoming, he pointed out the contentious decision which went in favour of Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan in Friday’s match against KKR.The southpaw, who survived a review on 11, went on to seal the match for the Capitals with an unbeaten 97.“I don’t want to get into trouble. I will give a stock standard answer: It’s a tough job. Obviously last night, there was a contentious one (Dhawan) and unfortunately it didn’t go away,” Katich in a roundabout manner said what he intended to.The ongoing edition of the IPL has had quite a few umpiring controversies so far leading to top players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli coming down heavily on the standard of umpiring.While Dhoni’s latest conduct has not been above board, Katich was all praise for his leadership skills and ability to take the game deep.“It will be interesting to see what the master in Dhoni goes with tomorrow. He seems to pull the right strings at the right time. He is so well prepared. There’s a lot of thought put into the team. He’s very clever in the way he uses his bowlers, his field positions,” said Dhoni.“We got completely outplayed in Chennai. But we feel our team suits our wicket as well with the quality spinners we’ve got. Unfortunately, we didn’t adapt to the conditions in Chennai. We thought it was a 180-wicket and it took us probably four overs to realise that and the game was done and dusted.”The Australian cited the CSK skipper’s decision to drop Harbhajan Singh in favour of left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner against Rajasthan Royals. The New Zealander did well with the bowl as well as sealed the match for CSK with a six off the final delivery.“He did not play his in-form bowler Harbhajan because they (RR) had five right handers in top order. He brought in Santner, who did a good job for them. He’s very clever in the way he goes about it and we probably need to take a leaf out of that book,” Katich said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Tennis News Roger Federer begins from scratch on clay courts in the quest for French Open glory

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Paris: Roger Federer returns to clay court tennis for the first time in three years at Madrid next week, admitting it feels like a journey into “no man’s land”. The 37-year-old last tested his ability on European dirt at the Rome Masters in 2016, before opting to concentrate on the world’s hard surfaces and grass courts which have yielded the majority of his 101 titles. But with his career in its twilight, the Swiss has decided to re-enter a realm of tennis for so long dominated by rival Rafael Nadal — and Madrid seems the logical venue. Federer has won two of his 11 clay titles in the Spanish capital where the high altitude helps him negate the traditionally pedestrian pace of the dusty surface. “I’m very excited. It’s a good challenge, a good test. Confidence, I don’t know, it’s in no-man’s land. I have to start from scratch,” said Federer after winning his most recent title in Miami.     His long-term aim this spring is Roland Garros where he was champion in 2009 and where he has been a four-time runner-up in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, losing on every occasion to Nadal. However, with 11-time French Open winner Nadal in something of a claycourt slump, having been deposed as Barcelona and Monte Carlo champion in recent weeks, Federer saw a glimmer of hope. That shaft of light brightened when world number one Novak Djokovic exited Monte Carlo in the quarter-finals.RELATED     “Roger is still very hungry,” Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic told Sky Sports Italia. “And he has got used to playing on clay again pretty quickly.” Federer’s last clay title was in Istanbul in 2015, the same year which saw his last Roland Garros appearance end with a quarter-final exit at the hands of close friend Stan Wawrinka.     Rome in 2016 witnessed the Swiss star’s most recent competitive outing on clay, a straight sets loss to Dominic Thiem in the third round seemingly convincing him that his dirt court career was done. “I’m not very confident going into this clay court season, I can tell you that — I don’t even remember how to slide anymore,” said Federer. “You know, I’m taking baby steps at this point. To be honest, I didn’t play one point — not one shot on clay last year. Two years ago I played two days. Three years ago I played not feeling great in Monaco and Rome and all that. So it’s been so little that I really don’t know what to expect.” Despite his caution, his longtime rivals are wary of under-estimating the 20-time Grand Slam champion next week.     “Everything is possible for Roger,” said world number seven Kei Nishikori who at least can boast winning his only clay court meeting with Federer — at Madrid in 2013.     “Winning Roland Garros might be tougher for him than winning the Australian Open or Wimbledon, but I’m sure he can do anything if he tries 100 per cent. I’m sure Roger can do very well on clay. He’s still my idol, he’s the best player in history.”center_img Roger Federer defeated Robin Soderling in the 2009 French Open.Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles.Rafael Nadal has won 11 French Open titles.last_img read more

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