October 25

Feel sorry for Rohit Sharma but Ajinkya Rahane lived to team’s faith: Pravin Amre

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:36 IST Ajinkya Rahane hit his 10th Test hundred in first Test against West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his 10th Test hundred as India crushed West Indies in first TestRahane scored 81 and 102- his first hundred in 2 yearsRahane’s personal coach Pravin Amre praised the batsman after his impressive knockPravin Amre feels sorry for Rohit Sharma but at the same time, he is happy that his protege Ajinkya Rahane managed to live up to the faith of the team management in the first cricket against West Indies in Antigua.India Test vice-captain Rahane scored 81 and 102 — his first Test hundred in two years during India’s 318-run victory, which also earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.”I felt sorry for Rohit. I personally feel Rohit should have been given opportunity also after scoring those five hundreds. We know that he is a player capable of doing great things. But overall the team management backed Ajinkya and he returned that faith, which is important from Ajinkya’s prospective,” Amre told PTI here on Monday.And according to Amre, Rahane’s personal coach, hard work and patience finally paid off for the right-hander.”God is kind. It was really his hard work because the past two years hasn’t been easy for him (Rahane). I will give him the credit for the way he handled himself. He was never frustrated and worked hard,” he said.”Even if you see the last six months, how he handled himself. He went to England, played with the Duke ball (in county cricket). One week he was in Bengaluru (at the National Cricket Academy). So he has done what was in his hands. That was very important,” added Amre, best remembered for his debut hundred at Durban against South Africa.Amre felt the 81-run knock in the first innings gave Rahane the much needed confidence.advertisement”The 81 he hit in the first innings was so crucial from the team’s perspective. That innings was motivating for him. Even though he did not get a hundred, still he played crucial innings in England and South Africa. Apart from Sri Lanka, he has done very well. I was sure the hundred was around the corner,” he said.”The Indian team is now No.1 in Tests and his contribution has always been always there. The was he handled the situation in the first innings after India were reduced to 25 for 3 was commendable),” added Amre, a former Mumbai coach.Skipper Virat Kohli before leaving for the Caribbean tour had backed Rahane to come good.Asked Amre whether Rahane reposed his captain’s faith, he said, “The pressure is different when Virat (Kohli) and (Cheteshwar) Pujara get out (early). Ajinkya is the player who handles pressure well because he has got the temperament, technique and the tactics..”Amre gave all the credit to Rahane for his resurgence.”My contribution is not that much because ultimately a player’s hard work is important. We are there to give them moral support and keep motivating. One innings can give you back that confidence and exactly that happened,” Amre signed off.Also Read | Dedicate it to people who backed me through times: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma script record Test victory for India over West IndiesAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India VS West Indies Feel sorry for Rohit Sharma but Ajinkya Rahane lived to team’s faith: Pravin AmreIndia vs West Indies: Ajinkya Rahane scored 81 and 102 in the two innings. Impressed with his batting, Rahane’s personal coach Pravin Amre said the India Test vice-captain returned the faith the team showed in him.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

October 2

Northwestern looks to maintain edge over rival Illinois

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 20 Northwestern wants to keep the Land of Lincoln Trophy, so it’s taking nothing for granted heading into its annual showdown with Illinois.Northwestern has won the last three meetings by a combined score of 108-42, and the Big Ten programs appear to be on decidedly different levels this season. But that trend doesn’t mean very much to Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald at the moment.“We’re been on the tough end of this rivalry, too, at times,” Fitzgerald said. “So, I know the demeanour and feeling that they’ll have coming up here.“This is a big rivalry game for both of us.”The Wildcats (7-4, 7-1, No. 19 in CFP) have clinched the conference’s West Division title and will play Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 1. Then they will play in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive post-season.For Illinois (4-7, 2-6), Saturday’s matchup at Ryan Field is the finale of another tough year.“I think it’s pretty neat that your rival is the last game, especially in our situation,” Illini coach Lovie Smith said. “Our guys realize who we’re playing and what we’re playing for. The Land of Lincoln Trophy has been up there too many years.“Their team has had an outstanding year, but that puts us in a good position, after disappointment, where you can finish the season up the right way by beating your rival.”Illinois is looking for a positive finish after last weekend’s 63-0 loss at Iowa, which tied for the largest shutout in program history. The Illini also will be trying to win a third Big Ten game for the first time since 2014.Northwestern will honour its seniors before the 2018 class tries to become just the eighth in school history to go 4-0 against Illinois.“It would mean a lot,” said senior offensive lineman J.B. Butler, who is from Plainfield. “Being an in-state player, Illinois recruits a lot of guys from my area, so I know a lot of those guys.”Illinois leads the series 55-51-5, with Northwestern holding a 28-27-3 mark at home.Here are some other key angles to follow with the game:RECORD-SETTINGWith a 51st straight start on Saturday, Northwestern senior Clayton Thorson will break the Big Ten record for career starts by a quarterback. He surpassed 10,000 yards passing last week at Minnesota and ranks sixth in Big Ten history. He needs 349 yards to pass Iowa’s Chuck Long (1981-85) for fifth place.“I think it’s a testament to a lot of the guys that have caught balls from me,” Thorson said. “I’ve had a lot of great players around me and the offensive line has kept me healthy for 50 games.”HALL TO MISS FIRST HALFSenior linebacker Nate Hall will sit out the first half for Northwestern because of a targeting penalty in the second half of the Minnesota game. Fitzgerald disputed the call because he believes the Minnesota player lowered his head after catching a pass and caused the helmet-to-helmet contact.Fitzgerald also believes the current targeting rule doesn’t give officials enough leeway to make judgement calls.“Taking playing time away from any player is significant, and Nate Hall can’t go out and start on senior day because of an antiquated rule,” he said.SACK DANCEIllini defensive end Bobby Roundtree leads the Big Ten in sacks with 7 1/2. The sophomore has two in each of his last two games.“Bobby Roundtree will eventually be a captain for this team,” Smith said.TEXAS TWO STEPSophomore safety Travis Whillock and sophomore linebacker Paddy Fisher, both from Katy, Texas, combined for 26 tackles against Minnesota. It was the first time they had reached double-digit tackles in the same game.Whillock had a career-high 15, including 11 solo. His 34 tackles over the last three games are the most in the Big Ten during that span. Fisher had 11 tackles, including his first career sack.STATE OF ILLINOISSmith was asked to assess the state of the program as his third season winds down.“Talking about where we are right now, we’re coming off a disappointing loss,” he said. “You look at the season, we have four wins this year, so that’s reality right now. The state of the program is disappointing right now, but we see brighter days ahead.”___More AP college football coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Jackson, The Associated Press read more