World Cup 2019: Favourites tag won’t win India or England the crown, says Shakib

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Favourites tag won’t win India or England the crown, says ShakibBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said that while there is no doubt that Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli’s men are ruling world cricket but being touted as favorites does not win the team the title.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 13:56 IST Favourites tag won’t win India or England the WC: Shakib.(ASSOCIATED PRESS)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said just a favourites tag can’t win India and England the 2019 World CupShakib thinks Bangladesh has a genuine chance of winning the tournament’, as long as they play consistentlyIn the recent ICC rankings, Shakib took over Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan as the best all-rounderHosts England and team India have been touted as favorites to go the distance in the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England and Wales. But Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is keen to remind all that cricket is a game that is played on the field and not on paper.Speaking to IANS, Shakib said that while there is no doubt that Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli’s men are ruling world cricket at the moment in the 50-over format, the favorites tag alone doesn’t win any team the coveted title in the 50-over World Cup.”India and England are obviously favorites, but that doesn’t get you the crown. You need to do the hard yards to win a tournament like the World Cup. Australia has been doing well recently and West Indies have peaked at the right time. To be honest, all the teams look like they are ready for a fight. Depends who on that day does well,” he pointed.Personally, Shakib got the perfect boost going into the showpiece event as he overtook Afghanistan star Rashid Khan as the no.1 all-rounder in ODIs. But for the star Bangladesh player, he wants the trophy that ultimately decides who the boss is.”This time I think we have a genuine chance of winning the tournament, but keeping the format of the tournament in mind, we must look to play well consistently. If we can do that, we can definitely look at qualifying for the knockouts and take it forward from there. I am confident that we will do well this time.advertisement”Personally, obviously I wish that Bangladesh win the trophy this time. But a lot of factors need to click together for that dream to be realized. While I didn’t play much in the IPL, I had been working hard on my game and was looking to prepare for the World Cup. Gave it my all in the practice sessions and tried to maximize the output in every training session,” he explained.While Bangladesh has in the last few years made a name for themselves in the big league by putting in far more consistent performances than before, but Shakib is still a bit worried about the team’s bowling attack. The all-rounder though feels that the experience in the side will come to the rescue in crunch games.”I think we have a very good side, I am a little worried about the bowling, both new ball and the death. But I am very much optimistic that we can go the whole length. We have the experience, have guys who have played 3 or 4 World Cups. It is a good thing as we know what we need to do. Need to get the momentum early on. I am confident. Anyone can beat anyone on their day. Consistency is an important factor to go all the way,” he revealed.With the advent of the various T20 leagues, Bangladesh players are now getting an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best players in the world. In fact, they also have their own T20 league and Shakib feels this has helped in getting quality players to play for the country as talent can be identified better now thanks to so many platforms.”I feel playing in the T20 leagues around the world has really helped our boys in recent times as you gain in experience. Apart from building your own game, you also get to see other stars closely and try and learn from them as well. It has helped us become more competitive as a unit,” he smiled.Also Read | Made sure I trained well after IPL: Vijay Shankar before departing for World Cup 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli’s Team India reaches England for World Cup 2019Also SeeFor 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 shakib al hasanFollow Eoin MorganFollow Virat KohliFollow World Cup 2019Follow Rashid Khanlast_img read more

Football Urban Meyer Chris Petersen prepare for Rose Bowl game

LOS ANGELES — Urban Meyer was kicked out of the Rose Bowl stadium when he first tried to get in. In the 1990’s the Ohio State head coach said he stopped by on a recruiting trip, having never seen it in person. He said he tried to sneak onto the field just to peek inside because he had heard about the game, an avid watcher of this particular game for many years before. “I was told to leave,” Meyer said. “And the guy was really rude, too.” Meyer will not have to peek inside on Tuesday when he leads Ohio State onto the field for the final game of his head coaching career, taking on No. 9 Washington in the Rose Bowl game.The Ohio State head coach said in the Rose Bowl head coaches press conference Monday this game in particular has been a bucket list item for him, nearly coaching in this game multiple times in his career, but it never coming to fruition. Even though it will be the final game of his coaching career, Meyer said he has shut down any conversations about his legacy, how he is perceived he is officially finished. He said the focus is on the game that will be played. “I don’t want to devalue the experience, but we’re here to win a football game. And the best part of doing a bowl experience is to do your very best to go win and winning it,” Meyer said. “We’ve been working hard on that, realizing who we’re playing, how good they are.” Like any other game in his coaching career, Meyer is looking at every scenario that could happen, doing this so the players do not have to, getting them prepared for the match up with the Huskies. This feeling, this sense of stress, this sense of pressure is one that Meyer said does not leave, no matter how many games he had head coached. “I don’t think nervous is a strong enough term before a game. Deathly ill might be more appropriate,” Meyer said. “We try putting them in those many positions as we can so when it hits they know how to react.”This is something Washington head coach Chris Petersen has been preparing for, something different than what he has done in the past few years for a bowl practice preparing for this Ohio State team. “I think they practice really hard,” Petersen said. “Certainly back in Seattle, you know, we kind of just changed maybe the cycle of the practice schedule in terms of when we were going to go hard, when we were going to back off.” For Ohio State it has been the same mantra all season long: mute the outside noise and prepare for the upcoming game. With Meyer’s retirement on the minds of many, as well as decisions to be made about the NFL for some of the players on the roster, the head coach said no distraction can take away what the Buckeyes came to Los Angeles to do. “I can’t imagine a better opportunity, better bowl game to go play,” Meyer said. “But we try and avoid that at all costs because any distraction other than getting ready to play is not — we’re not going to allow that.” read more