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  Usain Bolt declares my records not meant to be broken
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:32 PM - No Replies

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Bangalore: Laughing off questions on potential challengers, Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt turned on the charm offensive on his maiden trip to India, throwing humility out of the window to declare that his records are pretty much out of reach.

Bolt will play a seven-a-side exhibition match against a team which will have some of India's top cricketers. The four-over match will be played with Team Bolt comprising his best friend Nugent Walker Junior and Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh among others.

The rival team would be led by all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who will have his long-time friend and renowned pacer Zaheer Khan among others in the team. The face-off is titled 'Bolt and Yuvi? Battle of the Legends'.

The imposing sprinter, the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records, was at his wittiest best while facing the media at a promotional event here. Asked if his 100m record of 9.58sec would ever be broken, Bolt said with a straight face, "That's pretty much out of reach."

Amid a round of applause and some laughter, the 'fastest man on earth' added that his rivals would have to work really hard to match his greatness. "As an athlete I have seen records come and go. They have always been broken but if you want to be as great as me, you have to work very hard. That's why my records will stand the time," he said.

There was more to come when questions turned on whether he thought anybody among his contemporaries were good enough to beat him. "Nobody," said Bolt after chuckling at the question itself.

On a more serious note, he said "Track and field is a weird sport. It's all about focus and mental capacity. It's hard to pick any one person but my coach thinks Justin Gatlin is good. Tyson Gay, Yohan Blake, so many guys are coming up. But I am not going to let anybody beat me!" Cricket is his other passion but asked why he took up sprinting instead of the gentleman's game, Bolt said "blame it on my dad".

"My father is a huge cricket fan...But when I got higher secondary, I had two options -- cricket or athletics. My dad said because of the system in Jamaica, it would be better to take up athletics. He said, you just have to run fast in athletics while it's tougher to get into the national (cricket) team."

Usain Bolt declares my records not meant to be broken | Zee News

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  Kabir Khan quits as Afghanistan coach
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:15 PM - No Replies

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Kabir Khan (centre) guided Afghanistan during their steady rise through the ranks Associate cricket © Sayed Hasrat Sadaat

Former Pakistan fast bowler Kabir Khan has resigned as coach of the Afghanistan national side stating that the job had taken a toll on his family life. However, he has said he could continue to help the team in another capacity.

Kabir said he had decided to resign after constant travel had affected his family life. Kabir had stated that he wanted to quit after the World T20 in March this year but had agreed to stay on for a short period after a request from the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

"I have resigned from the coach's post," Kabir told AFP. "The simple reason is that my family was suffering from my being away on tours and I was not enjoying coaching. I had informed them [Afghanistan Cricket Board] a month ago but we reached the agreement a few days back and they accepted my stance."

Kabir's second stint as Afghanistan coach - he was earlier the coach from 2008 to 2010 - began in December 2011 and his three-year contract was due to run out this year. In his first assignment with Afghanistan, he guided the side from the lowest division of the World Cricket League to ODI status in 2009 and a maiden World T20 appearance in 2010.

Following a disagreement with the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Kabir quit as coach in 2010, after which he was appointed coach of the United Arab Emirates team. He returned to coach the Afghanistan side in December 2011, and after his return, Afghanistan qualified for the World T20 in 2012. In 2013, Afghanistan beat Kenya and finished second in the World Cricket League Championship, sealing a place in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, their maiden appearance in the tournament.

Prior to the 2015 World Cup, Afghanistan are scheduled to participate in the Asian Games, which start later this month, followed by a familiarisation tour of Australia organised by the ICC, where they will play a series of matches against local sides. They will also play the Asian Cricket Council Championship later in the year.

Kabir was confident his absence would not affect the team too much during the World Cup: "I think qualifying for the World Cup was more important than playing it so I don't think my not being there will affect the performance."

Afghanistan Cricket News: Kabir Khan quits as Afghanistan coach | ESPN Cricinfo

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  Tendulkar to launch his autobiography "Playing It My Way" on November 6
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 05:42 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is all set to release is autobiography on November 6. The master blaster made this announcement through his official account on micro-blogging site Twitter.

#PlayingitMyWay, my autobiography will be available on Nov 6th. Here’s a little preview #Excited ! pic.twitter.com/e7mZSQdlmQ

— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 2, 2014

The name of Tendulkar's autobiography will be called “Playing It My Way”. The 41-year-old had indicated he would be coming out with his autobiography while speaking to members of the media during his post-retirement press conference.

India's most decorated cricketer retired from Test cricket on November 17 last year after a two-Test series against the West Indies. Tendulkar's last Test, which also happened to be his 200th Test was played at the Wankhede Stadium in front of his home crowd.

The former Mumbai Indians skipper retired from the IPL after his franchise won the Champions League T20 in 2013. ODI cricket was the first format Tendulkar withdrew from after playing his last match against Pakistan in 2012.

At the time of retirement from all formats of the game, Sachin Tendulkar holds multiple batting records including that of scoring 100 international hundreds.

Sachin Tendulkar to launch his autobiography "Playing It My Way" on November 6 | Zee News

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  Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke rules out ODI retirement
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 05:39 PM - No Replies

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Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke has dismissed any suggestions he might quit one day cricket after returning home from Zimbabwe tour with a hamstring injury.

The 33-year-old strained his hamstring in training before a one-day tournament against Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare following a long break from the game and was forced to miss the first two matches.

Upon returning to the team, he aggravated the injury during Australia`s calamitous three-wicket loss to minnows Zimbabwe on Sunday, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.

With Clarke having suffered back problems in recent seasons, Australian cricket pundits have speculated the skipper might be forced to give up one-day cricket after the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

Clarke, however, was having none of it.

"I love the game as much as I always have," he told reporters upon arriving home at Sydney airport on Tuesday.

"The last thing I am thinking about is retiring.

"I think I have had a really good run in the last 12 to 18 months and my back`s been in really good shape," Clarke said."It`s obviously frustrating that I have been training for four months in preparation for getting onto onto the field and I played one game, or half a game, in Zimbabwe.

"But I am really confident. I feel as fit and healthy as I have been throughout my career. I`ve worked exceptionally hard over the last four months."

Clarke`s selection against Zimbabwe has come under fire from Australian media, as was his decision to come back out to play after retiring hurt during the match.

Clarke said he felt himself fit to play, however.

"I spoke to the doctors and physio in Zimbabwe and I believe we made the right decision," he added.

"I would have been really disappointed if I got on a plane straight away without seeing how I was going.

"I did all the things in regards to leading up to the game so in my mind I was 100 per cent fit to perform.

"I felt fine. I had two fitness tests four days and then two days before the game. So I ticked all the boxes."

Clarke was not prepared to back away from his post-match criticism of selectors for failing to pick middle order batsman Steven Smith, an accomplished player of spin bowling, against Zimbabwe.

Clarke`s suggestion the selectors had got it wrong earned a rebuke from one of them in head coach Darren Lehmann, who said the captain should keep his thoughts on such matters in-house.

"That`s `Boof`s` (Lehmann`s) opinion," Clarke said.

"I have always been open and honest to the media and that`s not going to change."

Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke rules out ODI retirement | Zee News

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