My goal is to set up the biggest fitness chain in India: Sandeep Chauhan
An international level Taekwondo athlete and World Taekwondo Level 2 coach, Sandeep Chauhan is a national medallist, represented India in President Cup, Australia Open, El Hassan Cup, Asian Open Championship and is the first coach to clear Level 2 in India for Taekwondo.
In this exclusive interview, Sandeep Chauhan speaks about being introduced to Taekwondo, overcoming challenges, learning life lessons from the sport, experience with Discovery’s India’s Ultimate Warrior and his future goals.
Q 1) Having come from a farmer's family, how were you first introduced to the sport and what made you take it up professionally?
My journey in taekwondo began when I was in school. My story isn’t remarkable nor did I set out with an aim to become an internationally recognized Taekwondo athlete. However, looking back, it now seems like it was all meant to be, especially when you consider the fact that my background, as far as my family is concerned, had nothing to do with taekwondo or any sports for that matter.
I come from a farmer’s family; my father, Virenderpal Singh, has been farming ever since I can remember and I wasn’t serious about my game when I started out but rather the passion for it evolved over time and there eventually came a point when my interest mingled with the sweet taste of success which kept me in the game.
I vividly recall that back in school whenever I did well in local championships my school bestowed me with much respect and encouragement and those were certainly proud and elated moments for a schoolboy. With such supportive people around me, I went on to win many medals. After school, I moved to Delhi for advanced training, there I joined Korean taekwondo classes, besides the skill enhancement.
Q 2) What are some of the biggest challenges that you have faced in your journey so far? How did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I have faced in my journey is that I got 2 ACL surgeries on my right knee, and that happened when I was at the peak of my performance. Those were good times but little did I know that some misery was about to befall during the peak of my performance. I had a serious ligament injury that required surgery which couldn’t be performed on time due to the onslaught of the Covid pandemic.
Thus, my surgery got delayed for 2 years. Despite my love for the art, the injury made me stay low for two long years. Nevertheless, post-surgery I started preparing again for events as I simply couldn’t stay away from taekwondo. I was as determined as ever thinking that some injury wasn’t enough to suck out my love for taekwondo that by then was already flowing in my veins. During the lockdown I decided to give online training to the athletes who are suffering from mental pressure due to Covid, I decided to give that training for free to the athletes and I trained over 100 athletes during pandemic time and that was the time I found happiness and I forgot about my injury and tried to overcome with the athletes.
The injury was demotivating but my uncle Kuldeep Chauhan stood beside me and supported me mentally and financially. Everything that I am today is because of my uncle. One of the biggest challenges that I faced was in 2016 when my mother passed away. It was a very hard time to overcome that setback and at that time, my aunty Indu Chauhan supported me like a mother and cared for me.
Q 3) What are some of the life lessons that taekwondo has taught you? How do you implement them?
The thing I admire most about taekwondo is the discipline and respect that comes with it; this is a sport where you know how to give mutual respect and I get to play out dream stunts from my childhood, how many get to do that, right?
Taekwondo gave me the chance to inculcate professionalism and discipline in my life and it teaches me to stay humble, positive, and calm in any situation. The art isn’t just about physical skills, for me, it’s also a lot to do with building a strong mentality and I think that’s the key to how I survived in the sport.
Q 4) Tell us about your experience with Discovery’s India’s Ultimate Warrior.
I got a call one day from India’s Ultimate Warrior team saying they wanted me to participate in the show. Before getting into the show I had to go for several rounds of interviews to show my mental and physical skills. It was after I cleared all required rounds that they selected me to participate. This is the first time I participated in any TV show. Fortunately for me, my experience of performing at an international level has made me feel confident that I can take on whatever the show is going to throw my way.
While shooting there are lots of cameras and crew standing around but having audiences around for me has always been a norm while performing so that comes kind of naturally to me. I also have my mentor and our dojo master Vidyut always there to help me win every task. There was an incident during one of the challenges and I got a serious injury in a determination endurance task and the doctor said it was a ligament tear; in fact, that was on the same leg which was injured 3 yrs ago; not to mention, it was painful.
Despite the injury, I didn’t stop in the show and was ready for tasks. I showed such determination that they acknowledged my determination with the star warrior award of the second episode. However, concern for my health made them take a step back, and along with Vidyut and my mentor decided that I should go for the surgery for my own good and thus had to leave the show midway.
In the show I got a star warrior award, a holy locket from Vidyut sir which he received from the Dalai Lama; and I also got a Pavitra Mala from my mentor, Shifu Kaniska that he always used to have on his hand. Sure, I didn’t get the winner trophy but I got the respect from the whole of India.
With the kind of love, respect, and support I’ve received while in the show cherry-topped with the reward from Vidhyut sir and Shifu Kaniska, I think I’ve won just as good as the title of India’s ultimate warrior. I’ve won their heart and I’ve won their love, and I couldn’t feel better.
Q 5) What are your future goals and ambitions? How do you plan to achieve them?
My goal for the future is to enable my athletes to win Olympic medals in Taekwondo and I’m confident enough to say that we’re very close to the goal; we’re training as hard as we can with 8 hours of work daily with our eyes set on the Olympics and we know the result should show in the 2024 Olympics. I would also like to set up the biggest fitness chain in India. I’ve already started with Creed Fitness Club in Bangalore and am planning to reach every other place in the country.
Bowlers should not have any second thoughts now: Ashwin on controversial runout at non-striker's end
Chennai, Mar 17 (Cricket News) Star India offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has welcomed MCC's decision to amend its laws regarding run-out at non-striker's end, saying bowlers now should not have any "second thoughts" in dismissing the batter if he steps out before the delivery is released.
Custodians of cricket laws, the Marylebone Cricket Club earlier this month re-classified the controversial runout, from law 41's 'unfair play' and incorporated it within law 38 pertaining to legitimate run outs.
It's one of the nine changes that the MCC made to its code, which is set to come into effect from October this year.
Ashwin said the decision to not runout the bowler's end batter can have a career-destroying impact.
"My dear fellow bowlers, please understand. The extra step the non-striker is taking might end up destroying your entire career," Ashwin, who had ignited a debate about the tactic's legitimacy by dismissing England's Jos Buttler in an Indian Premier League match in 2019, said in a Youtube video.
"If the non-striker ends up on strike because of that extra step he is taking, he might smash a six. Whereas the current striker might have gotten out. If you take a wicket, you will grow in your career, whereas if you are smashed for a six, your career may go downwards. So the impact is huge.
"So, the bowlers should not have any second thoughts on running the non-striker out is my opinion. The non-striker is very specific on the non-striker not taking that extra yard before the bowler delivers the ball. They are giving the allowance to the bowler. This is the significance of the rule." Having faced criticism all these years for his controversial bowler's end run-out of Buttler, Ashwin hoped people would stop ridiculing him now, especially now that he has become a teammate of the English allrounder at the Rajasthan Royals.
"During my school days, if a guy was interested in a girl, their friends would shout the guy's name when the girl passed by. Likewise when I'm playing, the crowd is shouting 'Buttler, Buttler' when they see me. Why do you guys do that? We are now teammates, guys.
"Non-striker leaving the crease early is the actual unfair play in this whole scenario, not the bowler running them out," said Ashwin, who was picked by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 5 crore for the upcoming IPL.
The dismissal came to be known as "Mankad run-out" after the legendary former India allrounder Vinoo Mankad twice ran out Australia opener Bill Brown at the non-striker's end -- once in a tour game against an Australia XI at the SCG in 1947, and then again in the second Test of the ensuing series.
"It has been changed now to run out. They (MCC) have destigmatized the entire concept and have termed it a run-out law. The bowler was earlier expected to give a warning when the batter leaves the crease at the non-striker's end," Ashwin said.
"Now they have announced that what the non-striker is doing is wrong and, therefore, bowlers can actually run them out if the non-striker tries to leave the crease before the ball is delivered by the bowler.
"Bowlers used to feel bad about doing this, wondering how our team batters would feel and what the cricketing world would think if we did it. So, thinking about these consequences, they used not to run them out."
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Warner still believes Mankading is 'spirit of cricket issue and batter's fault'
Karachi, Mar 10 (Cricket News) Australian opener David Warner still believes run-out at non-striker's end is a "spirit of cricket issue and batter's fault" despite the MCC amending the code to remove it from unfair play laws.
Custodians of cricket laws, the Marylebone Cricket Club last week re-classified the controversial runout, from law 41's 'unfair play' and incorporated it within law 38 pertaining to legitimate run outs.
It's one of the nine changes that the MCC made which are set to be in effect from October 2022.
"I still think the history of the game suggests it's a spirit of cricket thing... You don't expect players to do that," Warner told Cricket Australia in Karachi ahead of the second Test against Pakistan beginning here on Saturday.
"I do agree with the fact that if you are backing up, and you're out of your crease by a long way (you are fair game).
"I think it happened more predominantly at the end of a white-ball 50-over games, or obviously in T20 cricket we've seen it but at the end of the day, as a batsman, you've got to stay in your crease.
"There's no doubt about that, and if you're silly enough to get caught out like that and run out, that's your own fault. You're told not to leave before the bowler lets the ball go, so just don't do it," Warner said.
The dismissal first came to be known when the legendary former India allrounder Vinoo Mankad twice ran out Australia opener Bill Brown at the non-striker's end -- once in a tour game against an Australia XI at the SCG in 1947, and then again in the second Test of the ensuing series.
The Australian media dubbed it as 'Mankading', a name which stuck in popular parlance but was vehemently opposed by legends like Sunil Gavaskar for being "disrespectful" towards Mankad.
Warner does not believe the switch from 'unfair' to 'legitimate' will stop some players from employing it.
"I think what's important for the game of cricket is that bowlers don't be looking for that, because then you're going to slow the game down even more," he said.
"I know from before, being a captain, it can be frustrating and you're taking time out of the game.
"So there's some areas there that need to be addressed, but that's on an individual basis," he added.
Requires zero skill: Broad ============= England fast bowler Stuart Broad also has endorsed Warner's views.
Responding to MCC's announcement, Broad wrote on Twitter "Hasn't it always been a legitimate dismissal and whether it is unfair is subjective? and added Mankad "requires zero skill".
Indian ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had ignited the debate about the tactic's legitimacy by dismissing England's Jos Buttler in an Indian Premier League match in 2019.
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Mithali Raj stays at number 2 spot in ICC ODI women's rankings
Dubai, Feb 15 (Cricket News) India skipper Mithali Raj maintained her second spot in the ICC Women's ODI player rankings even as New Zealand batter Amy Satterthwaite moved up to number three after a splendid show in the series-opener against India.
Raj made 59 off 73 balls in India's 62-run defeat in the first ODI of the five-match series in Queenstown.
Satterthwaite, who smashed a 67-ball 63 and was involved in an important 98-run third wicket partnership with opener Suzie Bates, has overtaken Australia's Beth Mooney with a gain of 13 rating points.
She is now 15 rating points behind Raj, who is second with 744 in the list led by Australia opener Alyssa Healy who has 749 rating points.
Bates' 11th ODI hundred, which helped her team take a 1-0 lead in the series, has lifted her into the world's top 20 batters in ODIs for the first time in six months.
The former captain has advanced five places to 17th position in the latest weekly update that includes the last match of the Australia-England series.
Australia completed their Ashes triumph with another comfortable victory in the final ODI in Melbourne last week.
Tammy Beaumont returned to form for England with a half-century, as did Meg Lanning with an unbeaten 57, allowing both batters to gain three places for their efforts.
Beaumont and Lanning are now in fourth and fifth positions, respectively, with just one rating point separating them.
In the bowlers' list, England spinner Sophie Ecclestone was a bright spark in the final ODI, bowling her 10-over allocation and conceding just 18 runs while dismissing Rachael Haynes, taking an an excellent catch off her own bowling.
She has moved a place up to second, closing in on the opportunity to top both the ODI and T20I bowling rankings at the same time.
Ellyse Perry's return to all-round excellence also enabled her to gain three places with the ball and increase her lead over second placed Nat Sciver in the all-rounders’ table to an impressive 87 rating points.
New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu is up four places to 13th and India’s Rajeshwari Gayakwad is up five places to 16th. Both bowled economically in the first ODI in Queenstown to move up in the world's top 20 ODI bowlers.
In the T20I rankings, Beth Mooney is back in her third stint as the top ranked batter with captain Meg Lanning also gaining a slot to reach second position. India opener Shafali Verma is now third in the list.
New Zealand bowlers Amelia Kerr is up five places to eighth and her sister Jess Kerr is up 16 places to 34th, also making notable gains in the T20I rankings.
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Bailey dismisses claims that lack of support from senior players led to Langer's departure
Melbourne, Feb 8 (Cricket News) Australia's chairman of selectors George Bailey has dismissed Justin Langer's claims that a lack of backing from senior players and support staff led to the former opener's departure as the national team head coach.
Langer resigned from the post on Saturday when he was only offered a six-month contract extension until October's T20 World Cup final, despite guiding Australia to victory at the T20 World Cup before overseeing a 4-0 drubbing of England in the Ashes.
"I feel for him," Bailey told reporters on Tuesday.
"Absolutely no one deserves to have the saga that has been played out as publicly as it has been.
"Clearly he didn't get the length of contract extension offer that he was after so it hasn't been ideal, but I don't subscribe to the fact that it was individuals that were key to making the decision." After Langer's resignation, some of his former teammates have come out in his support and have also criticised the current players, including newly-appointed Test skipper Pat Cummins.
Langer was appointed in 2018 in the aftermath of a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and Bailey praised the former Australia opener for the kind of work he has done and the results he has achieved with the team.
"(Langer) wanted the team to earn respect with Australians and he wanted to develop great cricketers and great people and I think he has absolutely done that," he said.
"The team have done that, JL has done that, the staff around the team have done that. The group, the individuals, all three teams are in a very different space where they are today to where they were four years ago.
"(Langer) absolutely has to take an enormous amount of credit for that and I hope he's immensely proud of it." Meanwhile, former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie has said he is not interested in replacing Langer as the team's head coach.
"I am not putting myself up for any jobs, I'm fully committed to South Australian cricket," Gillespie, a former Test team-mate of Langer, told reporters.
"I've got a lot of work to do here and I'm absolutely loving it."
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Langer says his respect for values might have been taken as 'too intense' by some
Melbourne, Feb 6 (Cricket News) Justin Langer has said that his respect for values might have been taken by some as being "too intense" during his tenure as Australia head coach after he opted to quit from the top job instead of agreeing to a short-term contract extension.
In his resignation letter to Cricket Australia (CA) officials, Langer offered his apology but stressed that he values "honesty, respect, trust, truth and performance" but some people might have taken it as being "too intense" in his working style.
"My life has been built on values of honesty, respect, trust, truth, and performance and if that comes across as 'too intense' at times, I apologise," wrote Langer in his resignation letter, according to 'abc.net.au'.
"It is said that in any venture, if you leave things in a better place than when you started then you have done your job. Whilst it is not up to me to judge, I hope Australians respect what has been achieved over the last four years in Australian cricket." Faced with months of complaints by senior players over his rigid coaching style and more recently by an uncompromising Cricket Australia board of directors, Langer resigned as head coach of the Australian men's cricket team on Saturday.
According to reports, the 51-year-old Langer wanted to sign a new long-term contract but CA only wanted to keep him on until the end of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
"...I want people to know I am happy with my decision and proud of what I have achieved. I hope through this time, and throughout my tenure, I have held myself with integrity and dignity," the former Australia opening batter said in the letter.
"Last night I was offered a short-term contract until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia (in November), with the sentiment of 'going out on a high'.
"After careful consideration, I have decided not to accept this contract renewal, and as a result, I believe it is in everyone's best interests for the Australian cricket team to begin the next chapter immediately." He said the media speculation on his future as Australian coach over the last 12 months has taken an enormous toll on his family.
"If media reports are correct, several senior players and a couple of support staff don't support me moving forward, and it is now apparent the CA board, and you Nick, are also keen to see the team move in another direction.
"I respect that decision." There had been speculation about Langer's future in the role since last summer's home Test series loss to India, when reports of discontent among players about Langer's "intensity" emerged.
Langer has received an outpouring of support from former teammates and ex-Australian players, including Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Mitchell Johnson.
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Sania bids adieu to Australia Open with quarterfinal loss in mixed doubles
Melbourne, Jan 25 (Tennis News) Trailblazing India tennis star Sania Mirza’s swansong appearance at the Australian Open ended with a quarterfinal loss to local pair Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler in the mixed doubled event here on Tuesday.
Mirza, partnering American Rajeev Ram, lost the match 4-6, 6-7 to wildcard entries Fourlis and Kubler in one hour 30 minutes.
The 35-year-old Mirza is India's most accomplished woman tennis player, having won six Grand Slam titles, including three mixed doubles trophies.
She was aiming to add a second Australian Open mixed doubles title to her kitty after making a first round exit in the women’s doubles event last week.
The Melbourne Park has been a happy hunting ground for Mirza, who recently announced that she will retire at the end of this season. Two of her six Grand Slam titles have come at the Australian Open.
Apart from winning the mixed doubles title in 2009 with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, Mirza also collected to the women’s doubles trophy alongside Swiss great Martina Hingis in 2016, which was also her last Grand Slam win.
With Mirza’s defeat, the Indian challenge also came to an end in the fist Slam of the year.
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Novak Djokovic’s path to legal vindication was long and convoluted. It may also be fleeting
Melbourne, Jan 11 (Tennis News) Novak Djokovic is – at least for now – free to defend his title at the Australian Open after Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit and Family Court quashed the cancellation of his visa following an agreement between the tennis star’s lawyers and the government.
After a confusing day-long hearing involving dense legal arguments, Djokovic was ordered to be released from immigration detention on procedural grounds – the judge said he hadn’t been given enough time to contest the original cancellation of his visa last Thursday morning.
But this left unresolved the bigger question of whether Djokovic was entitled to rely upon a medical exemption from Tennis Australia to enter the country and compete in the tournament without being vaccinated against COVID-19.
It is entirely possible Djokovic’s success in these proceedings is a hollow victory, with the government’s lawyer flagging Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will now consider whether to exercise his personal power to cancel the tennis star’s visa for a second time.
Grounds to challenge the visa cancellation The saga surrounding the nine-time Australian Open champion has gripped the sporting world since Djokovic was detained upon arriving in Melbourne last week due to questions about his medical exemption from vaccination to play in the tournament starting on January 17.
Djokovic was moved to immigration detention in Melbourne’s notorious Park Hotel following the cancellation of his visa. His lawyers then lodged an application to challenge that cancellation through judicial review proceedings.
The process of judicial review allows a judge to examine the lawfulness of government decision-making. It is a limited process, not concerned with whether a right, preferable or fair decision has been made, but only whether the decision followed the proper legal processes and requirements.
Before the hearing began today, Djokovic’s lawyers had put forth eight distinct grounds for why, in their submission, the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa was not lawful.
These included some technical issues, such as a contention the notice given to Djokovic to cancel his visa was invalid and the decision was based on nonexistent grounds under the Migration Act.
Similarly, his lawyers argued the process was unfair as Djokovic was “pressured” to agree to a decision on his visa without first consulting his lawyers.
The bigger question around a medical exemption The substance of Djokovic’s challenge, however, revolved around his assertion that by testing positive to COVID-19 on December 16, he was exempt from any requirement to be vaccinated for six months.
His lawyers based this argument on guidelines set by ATAGI, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, which said: COVID-19 vaccination in people who have had PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection can be deferred for a maximum of six months after the acute illness, as a temporary exemption due to acute major medical illness.
In response, the government argued this approach was an inaccurate reading of the guidelines, saying that mere previous infection would not be enough to allow an unvaccinated person entry into Australia. In essence, the guidance provides for a deferment of vaccination, not a reason to avoid it altogether.
Moreover, the Commonwealth argued Djokovic’s reliance on the Tennis Australia exemption letter was misguided, and ultimately he did not provide sufficient information to justify entry without vaccination.
The medical exemption from Tennis Australia was a matter of significant disagreement between the parties. In the hearing, Kelly seemed to show some deference to Djokovic’s argument, saying: Here, a professor and an eminently qualified physician have produced and provided to the applicant a medical exemption. Further to that, that medical exemption and the basis on which it was given was separately given by a further independent expert specialist panel established by the Victorian state government […] The point I am agitated about is, what more could this man have done? The Commonwealth argued that irrespective of what Tennis Australia or the Victorian government may have decided, it is the federal government’s decision whether a visa ought be cancelled on public health grounds.
And this highlights the significant powers of the federal government in immigration matters, and that ultimately, according to the government’s court filings, there is “no such thing as an assurance of entry by a non-citizen into Australia”.
What could happen next Both sides agreed late in the day Djokovic hadn’t been given enough time to respond to the notification to cancel his visa. He was informed by border officials he would have until 8:30am on Thursday to respond, but his visa was cancelled at 7:42am. On this basis, Kelly ordered Djokovic to be released.
But the government’s lawyer immediately foreshadowed Hawke would consider using his personal power to cancel Djokovic’s visa again.
If such a decision is made, we should expect further litigation. Kelly said he expected to be “fully informed in advance” if he is required for future proceedings, ominously observing “the stakes have risen rather than receded”.
Kelly also noted Djokovic could be barred from re-entering Australia for three years if the personal power of the minister was used, though reports suggested this exclusion period could be waived.
For now, Djokovic is a free man. But it remains to be seen whether he will be spending the next few days on a tennis court or back in a federal court.
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Ashes in bag, Warner advises England to prepare on synthetic wickets
Melbourne, Dec 29 (Crikcet News) The Ashes already retained, star Australia opener David Warner has advised a sorry-looking England side to prepare on synthetic wickets to be able to adjust to the extra bounce in the pitches Down Under.
England's Ashes hopes went up in smoke after Australia retained the Urn with an innings and 14-run win in just two days and a session in the Boxing Day Test here on Tuesday.
A dominant Australia had won the first Test by nine wickets in Brisbane and then registered a convincing 275-run victory in the next match in Adelaide.
Having polished his skills on the Australian pitches, Warner said bounce is one of the main hurdles for England.
"From a batting point of view, the bounce is a big one. Growing up here in Australia and playing on these wickets is different for how we would approach it compared to England," Warner was quoted as saying by 'Australian Associated Press'.
"I would probably suggest going on the synthos (synthetic wickets) and practising against the (extra) bounce, doing that in England.
"You've always got to find ways to prepare and the only way you can prepare for bounce is on synthos in England," he added.
Warner also said that England bowlers erred in bowling back of length in the first three Ashes Test, a ploy which normally doesn't work on Australian pitches.
"In England that back of a length is still hitting the stumps … if you bowl that length at the Gabba or Adelaide, you're not really hitting the stumps," Warner said.
"You have to be brave enough to pitch the ball up here.
"We feel as a batting unit when England pitch the ball up, we drive them down the ground … but you have to do that to create the chances, to create the bat-pad gap to create those nicks," he added.
The fourth Ashes Test is set begin in Sydney on January 5.
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Warner eyes 2023 Ashes, win India before quitting Test cricket
Melbourne, Dec 29 (Cricket News) An Ashes series win in England in 2023 and defeating India in their own backyard are the two important milestones Australia opener David Warner is eyeing before calling it quits from Test cricket.
After retaining the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead inside 12 days at the MCG here on Tuesday, Warner, who turned 35 in October this year during the T20 World Cup, where he won the player-of-the-tournament award in Australia's title triumph, admitted that he is not done yet.
"We still haven't beaten India in India. That would be nice to do. And obviously, England away, we had a drawn series (in 2019), but hopefully, if I managed to get that chance and opportunity, I might think about going back," Warner was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo'.
Warner has played 13 and eight Tests across three series in England and two in India, respectively. But he has a poor record in both the countries, averaging 26 and 24 respectively without a century.
Warner would turn 37 by the next Ashes trip to England, but for the left-handed opener age is just a number.
"I think James Anderson sets the benchmark for older guys these days," he said.
"We look up to him as we're getting on in our days. But for me, it's about performing to the best of my ability and putting runs on the board.
"I feel in good touch. As I said, I was out of runs not out of form, so hopefully, I can put some more numbers on the board leading into this new year."
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Warner named ICC men's player of month for November, Hayley Matthews gets women's award
Dubai, Dec 13 (Cricket News) Explosive Australia opener David Warner and West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews were on Monday adjudged the men's and women's ICC Players of the Month of November after their superlative performances.
Warner's crucial efforts in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup which Australia won for the first time helped him pip Pakistan opener Abid Ali and New Zealand seam bowler Tim Southee to grab the men’s award.
Matthews' all-round show in the ODIs won her the women’s award ahead of left-arm spinners Anam Amin of Pakistan and Nahida Akter of Bangladesh.
Warner won the award on his maiden nomination following his Player of the Tournament show at the recent T20 World Cup, in which he smashed 53 in the final against New Zealand after 49 in the semifinal against Pakistan.
He was also named Player of the Match in an earlier Super 12 match against the West Indies for a blistering 89 not out off 56 balls. Warner aggregated 209 runs at an average of 69.66 and a strike rate of 151.44 in four T20Is during the period.
“David was back to his scintillating best during the T20 World Cup and his aggression at the top of the order was outstanding. His 209 runs at a strike rate of 151 in four innings simply tells the story," Jury member Russel Arnold said about Warner.
"There was no recovering from the early onslaught by Warner and his stroke play was pleasing to the eye.” Matthews won the award on her second nomination. She was earlier nominated in July along with her captain Stafanie Taylor, who was the winner then.
Matthews scored 141 runs and grabbed nine wickets at an average of 13.11 during the period. She starred in a series win over Pakistan, scoring 57 runs and taking three for 31 in the first match before a four for 26 runs in the second.
"Hayley was the star, performing with both bat and ball. Her all-round performance was one of the reasons the West Indies won against Pakistan, and she deserves to be the women's Player of the Month," jury member Irfan Pathan said about Matthews.
The selection process for the monthly awards, which were instituted in January, combines votes cast by former players, prominent journalists and global cricket fans.
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Warner, Southee among three nominated for ICC men's player of month
Dubai, Dec 7 (Cricket news) Explosive Australia opener David Warner, Pakistan batter Abid Ali and New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee were on Tuesday shortlisted for the ICC men's player of the month award for November.
Left-arm spinners Anam Amin of Pakistan and Nahida Akter of Bangladesh are in the running to scoop the women's award, alongside West Indies all-rounder Haley Matthews, who is nominated for the second time.
The nominations for the month of November were announced based on performances across formats and including matches from the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world can vote to decide the winners, which will be announced next week. Fans are invited to cast their votes until Sunday.
Warner, who was Player of the Tournament at the T20 World Cup, had standout performances of 49 in the semifinal against Pakistan and 53 in the final against New Zealand.
In four T20Is during the period, he aggregated 209 runs at an average of 69.66 and a strike rate of 151.44, proving to be a crucial figure as his team secured their first ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy.
Pakistan opener Abid Ali was named Player of the Match after scores of 133 and 91 in the first match of their ICC World Test Championship (WTC) series against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
Southee took eight wickets in the drawn opening Test of the WTC series against India in Kanpur, soon after excelling in the shortest format.
He had taken seven wickets during his November matches at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, helping guide his team to the summit clash in Dubai. In between these two milestones, he took three more T20I wickets against India in Ranchi.
Among the nominees for the women's award, Bangladesh's Nahida grabbed 13 wickets in four ODIs during the period at an economy rate of 2.22.
Pakistan's Anam accounted for 13 ODI scalps in November at an economy rate of 3.00. She was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series against the West Indies with nine wickets and followed that up with four wickets in two matches during the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021.
West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews, who was shortlisted alongside her captain Stafanie Taylor in July, wins her second nomination after some consistent performances in four ODIs in which she scored 141 runs and grabbed nine wickets at an average of 13.11.
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Pakistani players were completely devastated after semifinal loss: Hayden
Lahore, Nov 13 (Cricket news) Pakistani players were "completely devastated" after their five-wicket defeat to Australia in the T20 World Cup semifinal but the dressing room was different in their opening match against arch-rivals India, batting consultant Matthew Hayden said.
Pakistan went into the semifinals with an all-win record but suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Australians whose batter Matthew Wade snatched a sensational victory by smashing three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over.
"The scenes in dressing room, it didn't shock me when you do play with your heart. Just how heart gets broken when you go into a match with expectations and it doesn't come off due to a number of different reasons," Hayden said in conversation with bowling coach Vernon Philander.
The footage of the conversation was uploaded by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
"Your heart is broken that's what really you saw in the dressing room, just scenes of complete devastation." Hayden, who was hired for the duration of the T20 showpiece, said he saw a different Pakistani team during the comprehensive win against India.
"Going right back to the first match against India, from an outsider's perspective, looking at that change room the scene was entirely different, very calm, very relaxed and very balanced approach. It was such a huge match," said the former prolific Australia opener.
Philander, however, said that the big occasion got to the players a little bit and calmness factor was missing.
"If we are brutally honest to ourselves, I think the moment got to us a little bit. Probably a little bit of panic set in, especially in fielding. It's one area that we highlighted, it could harm us. And It cost us a little bit in semifinal," he said.
"The calmness factor was probably missing in the semifinals. You need to perform at the key moments," said the former Protea pacer.
Hayden said captain Babar Azam and opener Mohammad Rizwan were brilliant during the tournament. He also had words of praise for 'finisher' Asif Ali, who was at his best in the matches against New Zealand and Afghanistan.
"Our batters were just brilliant in this tournament. In particular, inside the powerplay, Rizzi (Rizwan) and Babar, those two set the platform every match. In T20 cricket, you have to dominate powerplay.
"The balance of power at the death is very key, in particular, I think that 17th over throughout the tournament from the batting sense, we're pretty good there. Someone like Asif (Ali) coming and smashing," Hayden said.
"Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled two magic balls against India early on and in the semifinals he trapped Aaron Finch." Philander termed Shaheen Shah Afridi "a world class performer", but picked Haris Rauf over him as Pakistan's standout fast bowler.
"Haris (Rauf) is the one for me that stands out. Shaheen is of course a world-class performer. But, in terms of maturity, Haris is the one that stands out for me," Philander said.
Hayden praised Babar for his leadership qualities, saying he has been fantastic as a captain throughout the tournament.
"His leadership was superb, very calm, very meticulous in his own preparations and very thorough on team preparation as well. I feel best players are often the best captains as well." Both Hayden and Philander asked the Pakistani fans to back the current team.
"As fans, guys you've got to stick with this generation of Pakistani cricketers because they bleed for you guys and they really want to make sure that you are proud and I am hoping that's what you are," said Hayden.
"Stick behind this team and hopefully they can go and win the trophies and tournaments in the recent future," Philander added.
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Malik sizzles in Pakistan's 72-run win, to face Australia in semifinals
Sharjah, Nov 7 (Cricket news) Playing international cricket since the last century, when some of his current teammates were not even born, Shoaib Malik on Sunday showed them the way with an astonishing 18-ball 54 to set up Pakistan's 72-run mauling of Scotland in the T20 World Cup.
It was the tournament's joint fastest half-century alongside India opener K L Rahul's 18-ball 50, which also came against Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for six after posting an imposing 189 for four.
As her Indian tennis player wife Sania Mirza watched from the stands, Malik, 39, blasted six sixes during his whirlwind unbeaten knock, which overshadowed skipper Babar Azam's fourth half-century of the tournament.
Batting first, Pakistan pummelled 129 runs in the back 10 after limping to 60 for two at the halfway stage.
With the ball, the in-form team did what was expected of them in their last Super 12 engagement to set up a semifinal date with Australia.
Pakistan blazed their way into the last four with five wins from as many outings, underlining their credentials as one of the firm favourites.
Thanks to Malik's blitz, Pakistan scored 43 runs in the last two overs, including 26 in the final six balls bowled by Chris Greaves.
Coincidentally, it was at this very venue that Malik made his One-day International debut in October 1999, against West Indies. His first Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, retired from the game nearly two decades ago.
Meanwhile Babar, who once again donned the role of the accumulator, became only the third batter to score four half-centuries in a T20 World Cup after former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and India captain Virat Kohli, who achieved the feat in 2007 and 2014 respectively.
Having struggled to 60 for two at the halfway stage, Pakistan got 129 runs in back 10.
Opting to bat first, Babar Mohammad Rizwan were off to a sedate start, as the Scotland bowlers managed to keep the run rate below six until the power play.
Having smoked Bradley Wheal for a gigantic six over deep mid-wicket, Rizwan was dismissed by Hamza Tahir, who drew the batter with a tossed-up delivery before getting an under-edge to the wicketkeeper.
The Scots deserves plaudits for the manner in which they kept a lid on the Pakistan scoring as they ended the power play at 35 for no loss, which became 35 for one in the first ball of the next over with Rizwan's dismissal.
Pakistan were not so well placed at 60 for two at the halfway stage as Scotland managed to keep their opponents to a run a ball.
However, things changed completely as Pakistan entered the back 10 with both Babar and the veteran Mohammad Hafeez (31 off 19 balls) cutting loose to clear the ropes at regular intervals during a brisk 53-run third-wicket partnership.
Babar was his usual classy self when he played the ball along the ground, but at the same time, he did not hesitate to go over the top, the result of which were three sixes.
After Babar's dismissal, the show belonged to Malik.
In a massive chase, Scotland lost the wickets of skipper Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross with just 36 runs in the board.
Scotland were never in the game as they struggled to 42 for two at the end of the first 10 overs.
Richie Berrington was the lone Scotland batter to shine with a 54 ball off 37 balls.
One of the biggest positives for Pakistan bowling was the manner in which Shadab Khan (2/140 bowled, getting his googlies and leg-spinners right ahead of the big semifinal against the Aussies.
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Hayden impressed with sporting brotherhood displayed by India and Pakistan
Dubai, Oct 26 (Cricket news) Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has hailed the "sporting brotherhood" displayed by arch-rivals India and Pakistan after their T20 World Cup clash, saying the players have set an example with their conduct.
India lost to Pakistan for the first time in an ICC World Cup, going down by by 10 wickets in the opening Super 12 game of the T20 World Cup on Sunday.
However, one of the most endearing images from the match was of the Indian captain hugging winning team hero Mohammed Rizwan.
"The thing that inspired me the most out of the performance was the fantastic sporting brotherhood," Hayden, who is currently working as a batting consultant with the Pakistan T20 squad, said in a video message.
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, now a mentor with the team, was also seen talking to the Pakistan players including captain Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani after the game ended.
Ever since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which hundreds were killed, India has largely avoided bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan, competing only in ICC events.
Hayden said Pakistan and Indian players set a good example "of how we should treat each other as people" after coming together at the end of the match.
"That's the role of sport, so it's beautiful to see those moments where MS Dhoni is holding court with a few of the (Pakistan) players and Virat Kohli and (Rizwan), you know, in brotherhood, joining hands after there was heated battles in the middle." Hayden, who was working as a commentator in the Indian Premier League, was appointed as a batting consultant by the Pakistan Cricket Board before the World Cup got underway on October 17.
The 49-year-old was also impressed with pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi's opening spell where he snapped the wickets of openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.
"Pakistan has velocity in abundance, not just here but also back home that aren’t celebrating in this World Cup," he said.
"Shaheen really is that one leader within the bowling group ... nothing beats velocity, mixed up with some skill."
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Leadership will be key in Indo-Pak clash in T20 World Cup: Hayden
Karachi, Oct 21 (Cricket news) Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden says leadership will be key in the much anticipated India-Pakistan T20 World Cup clash in "dogfight conditions" in Dubai on Sunday.
Terming the match a real dogfight, Hayden who is working with the Pakistan team as batting consultant, margin for error will be very little in the big match so leadership will be the key to the outcome of the match.
Hayden cited examples of MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan, who led their respective IPL franchises with success when their own individual performances were not at expected levels.
"Their individual performances were not as good as they have previously done as per their statistical records but the way they led their troops and conducted themselves played an important part in their teams reaching the IPL final in UAE conditions," Hayden said in a media interaction.
"I feel leadership will be key in the coming match as conditions in UAE leave very little margin for error and there are dogfight conditions out there." Hayden said Pakistan captain Babar Azam had a role to play in the match as a leader and a premium batter.
"There will be additional pressure on him as captain and batsman because he will be targeted and everyone will be wanting to, like they say, put him in their pocket. Babar has command and presence and he needs to fulfil that role in a batting sense and captain." Hayden also observed that having followed Indian cricket very closely over the years, he believed that KL Rahul and Rishab Pant pose the biggest threat to Pakistan in the match.
"More or less I have watched KL Rahul grow and he is a major threat to Pakistan. I have watched him grow up as a boy. I have seen his struggles and his dominance in shorter formats.
"I have seen someone like Rishab Pant, his brash nature and beautiful vision for the game, how he has destroyed bowling attacks because he has got the opportunity because he sees it that way." The Australian opener also said having watched the various elements of the game and been part of it he can say that nothing matches the rivalry between Pakistan and India.
"For an Australian obviously the Ashes and matches against England are tops but nothing matches the rivalry of these two teams.” Hayden said Pakistan have some wonderful assets that will perform on the given day. He termed Babar, Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman as key players for Pakistan.
Asked about his short-term role as consultant with the Pakistan team, Hayden said his main purpose was to bring calmness and control and telling the players to remain very present in play because World Cups are challenging things.
"I have learnt for whatever reason you are always under pressure, you don't need to create additional pressure to what the game demands."
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Aus captain Finch to be available for T20 WC warm-up game against India
Dubai, Oct 14 (Cricket news) Australia captain Aaron Finch's recovery from a knee surgery in August has been ahead of schedule and he will be available for the T20 World Cup warm-up game against India on October 20.
Finch underwent a surgery in August to repair cartilage in his right knee and there were initial doubts regarding his availability for Australia's two warm-up games against New Zealand (October 18) and India (October 20).
“Yeah, it is all good. I think it's nine weeks tomorrow, post-surgery, so everything has come along really well. It is probably a couple of weeks ahead of schedule," he said at the pre-tournament virtual media interaction on Thursday.
"Originally it was probably touch and go to be available for the two warm up games, but at the moment it is looking like there will be no problems, so looking forward to getting out and getting back into it,” added the 34-year-old Finch, who also opens the batting.
Finch reiterated that a struggling David Warner, who was dropped from Sunrisers Hyderabad playing team during the fag end of the Indian Premier League in the UAE, would be ready for the T20 World Cup.
“I think over the years, we have seen when he (Warner) is got to bat against the world (teams), he is far (better player). I have got no issues with the preparation that he has had," said Finch of Warner who has played 81 T20 Internationals.
“We have seen him in great spirits, he is coming here with a great attitude and he is organising things behind the scenes, he is doing everything that he loves to do, I have got no issues that come game one he will be ready to go.” Australia open their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa on October 23 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The 34-year-old Warner, a swashbuckling opener, only played two IPL games for SRH in the UAE leg -- one against Delhi Capitals and the other against Punjab Kings -- in which he scored 0 and 2 respectively.
The Australian players have had a disjointed preparation for the T20 World Cup due to various reasons, including COVID-19 lockdown in their country but Finch said his side have come into the tournament with confidence.
“It is the one that has eluded us. We have been close a couple of times but we have also been quite a distance off in other times. We are still very confident going into (the World Cup).
"We have got a group that have played a lot of T20, not a huge amount together, guys are at different stages of preparation and getting back to playing. It comes down to getting it done on the day," said Finch who has played 76 T20Is.
"Every team can win any game, we know that in T20 cricket, there are match winners right across the board, so we just have to urn up and get it done at the right time.” Asked where Steve Smith would bat, Finch said, “Similar to Maxi (Glenn Maxwell). He (Smith) is someone who can be really adaptable through that middle overs. He provides us with a lot of options and a lot of flexibility.” The Australia captain also said that there has been no distraction from the developments related to Ashes against England.
“No, there hasn’t been any distraction from that, to be honest. All that talk is behind the scenes between boards and players association and things like that, so none of that has come into the player’s chat over here,” he signed off.
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Haynes rendered doubtful for 2nd ODI against India
Mackay (Australia), Sep 23 (Cricket News) In-form Australia opener Rachael Haynes was on Thursday rendered doubtful for the second women's ODI against India after she took a blow on her right elbow during a training session.
The match is scheduled for Friday.
Haynes, who had hit an unbeaten 93 in the home team's convincing nine-wicket thrashing of India in the series-opener, was taken for scans.
According to cricket.com.au, Haynes "doubled over in pain, then removed her gloves and walked out of the nets and to the team changerooms to ice the injury, before leaving the ground a short time later." "Rach suffered a knock to her right elbow while batting today and has been taken to get scans," Australia team physio Kate Beerworth said.
The 34-year-old has been in good form as she made 65 in the only practice game ahead of the series.
If Haynes is ruled out of the next match, the hosts may ask Beth Mooney to open alongside Alyssa Healy, who is also enjoying a good run of form.
The Australian women's cricket team is going through an incredible run, having won 25 straight games and it will be a tough task for the struggling Indians to snap it.
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Warner and Slater deny late night brawl in Maldives
Male (Maldives), May 9 Star opener David Warner and cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Slater have denied reports of their involvement in a drunken bar brawl in Male, where Australian cricketers competing in the now-suspended IPL are waiting to board a flight home in a few days' time.
According to the 'Daily Telegraph', Warner and Slater got into a late night physical altercation after a heated argument at the Taj Coral Resort where they are in quarantine.
But Warner, who captained Sunrisers Hyderabad before being replaced by Kane Willaimson just before the suspension of IPL due to multiple COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, and Slater, also a former Australia opener, said "nothing happened".
"There is absolutely nothing to the rumour mill Buzz. Davie and I are great mates and absolutely zero chance of (having) a fight," Slater was quoted saying by foxsports.com.au.
Warner also said: "There has been no drama. I don't know where you get these things from. Unless you were here and have got concrete evidence you can't write anything.
"Nothing happened." Warner and Slater are in a group of 39 Australians, comprising players, coaches and support staff, to have flown to the Maldives on Thursday on a charter flight organised and paid for by the BCCI.
Slater, who was commentating in the IPL, had left for Maldives earlier than the other Australians awaiting clearance to return home at the end of a travel ban Down Under on arrivals from India May 15.
Slater had made headlines after he lambasted threats of jail time and fines for returning Australians put in place by his government as a "disgrace" and said Prime Minister Scott Morrison had "blood" on his hands.
Morrison had described Slater's comments as "absurd". News Source : PTI