Indian Premier League Till I enjoy playing cricket, I will play: Yuvraj Singh

first_imgThe left-hander smashed a fifty off 33 balls and it included five fours and three sixes. The Punjab batsman got going with two fours and a six off left-arm spinner Axar Patel and drilled West Indies pacer Keemo Paul down the ground for a superb boundary. With every run being scored, the Wankhede echoed with the chants of ‘Yuvi,Yuvi,Yuvi’. After clobbering Axar for two more sixes, Yuvraj notched up his fifty by edging Trent Boult to the third man region. Yuvraj, though, admitted that he was not sure whether he should carry on playing cricket in the last couple of months. He said speaking to Sachin Tendulkar, who retired at the age of 40 from all forms of cricket, helped him take a clear decision. “The last two years, have been up and down and I could not decide on what to do. I have been speaking to Sachin [Tendulkar] as well and he has gone through that time when he was 37-38-39 [and how he felt]. Talking to him makes things easier for me,” Yuvraj said. highlights New Delhi: Mumbai Indians were blown away by a spectacular onslaught from Rishabh Pant as he smashed 78 off 27 balls to help Delhi Capitals score 99 runs in the last six overs to reach 213/6 at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday. In response, Mumbai Indians floundered and none of the batsmen got going against the discipline of Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult. However, there was only one player who stood out amidst the ruins and that was Yuvraj Singh. The left-hander was in fine touch as he smashed a fifty off 33 balls but it could not help Mumbai Indians avert a 37-run loss against Delhi Capitals to start their campaign on a wrong note. However, the strokes by Yuvraj turned the clock back when he was India’s ultimate match-winner. There have been speculations about Yuvraj Singh’s playing career, which some stating he might retire from all forms of cricket should he not be picked in the Indian squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. However, following his knock, Yuvraj brushed aside those speculations. “When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang my boots. The main thing for me was why I played the game when I started off. I played the game because I enjoyed playing cricket. When I enjoyed playing cricket, I was not playing for India. I was playing for U-14s and U-16s. So till the time, I enjoy playing cricket, I am going to play,” Yuvraj said.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Delhi Capitals secured their third straight win over Mumbai Indians.Yuvraj Singh scored a fifty on debut for Mumbai Indians.Rishabh Pant starred with 78 off 27 balls for Delhi Capitals.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant to Jeremy Lin in practice: ‘This (expletive) don’t got (expletive)’

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> Kobe Bryant and his aging body haven’t practiced much this season for the Lakers, but he practiced Thursday and talked about as much trash as one can talk. He dropped one expletive after another on the reserves as the starters and second unit went toe-to-toe in a five-on-five scrimmage.Reporters were let into the gym at the Lakers’ practice facility with about five minutes left in those proceedings. At one point, Bryant was guarding Jeremy Lin and dared him to take a shot. Lin did and missed. Bryant turned and walked away, letting Lin have it.“This (expletive) don’t got (expletive),” Bryant said to all listening.As Bryant left the floor a couple of minutes later when practice was over, he shouted to general manager Mitch Kupchak: “These (expletives) aren’t doing (expletive) for me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The defending NBA champion Spurs (16-6) have won 11 of their last 13 and are 8-1 at home.Bryant, Young smilingBryant wasn’t mad at the reserves Thursday.“I was just being myself,” Bryant said. “I don’t get a chance to get out there and play (in practice) too much because of my body and stuff. … I was just challenging them to see what happens. I’ve always believed in throwing them in the pool and seeing if they can sink or swim.”Bryant was asked if he believes what he did was beneficial.“I don’t know if it helps them,” he said. “Obviously, it raises the intensity level. It was a tough practice for them.”Bryant called the “bantering” and “trash-talking” between himself and Young “fun.”“Nick probably regrets getting me started,” Bryant said, smiling.Young said that because of his thumb injury earlier in the season and Bryant not practicing much, it’s been “almost nine weeks since we’ve had a chance to jaw-jack a little bit, so it brings out the best in practice.”Young admitted that Bryant got the best of him during the scrimmage.“You know, I can’t say who it was,” he said, smiling. “Nah, but he won.”Young loved it.“I hadn’t seen Kobe practice like that in a while,” he said.Young spoke to Lin and rookie Jordan Clarkson after practice. Basically, he said he told them to stand up for themselves.“I was telling them, ‘You have to have some ‘cojones’ in this league. It doesn’t matter who’s on the floor. Just play the game, don’t get any less confident and talk trash right back to him,’” Young said.Scott on LinLin and power forward Carlos Boozer were removed from the starting lineup two games ago. Boozer has responded well with 12 points on 6-of 12-shooting in a loss to New Orleans on Sunday and 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting Tuesday in a win over Sacramento.Lin has suffered. He had just three points on 1-of-5 shooting against New Orleans and three points on 1-of-5 shooting against Sacramento.“He has to be aggressive, but you’ve gotta be smart,” Scott said, when asked what Lin needs to do to thrive. “As a point guard, he has to understand the situations, he has to understand the guys he’s playing with, who needs a shot, when they need a shot, who’s hot and things like that. But still have an aggressive mind-set.“I think right now that’s the one or two things that he’s struggling with.”Read more on the Inside the Lakers blog.center_img Earlier, Bryant and Nick Young went after each other, with Young telling Bryant, “No one in the world can guard me one-on-one.”Bryant told reporters afterward: “I said, ‘Thank God I’m not from this world,’”Lakers coach Byron Scott loved every second.“I’m really smiling because we had a good day at practice,” said Scott, whose Lakers (6-16) begin a three-game road trip Friday night at San Antonio (6:30 p.m., ESPN).“Very intense. Any time 24 (Bryant) practices, it’s going to be an intense practice,” Scott said. “And I think he brings out the best in the guys. And it’s a good way to start the trip.”last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell downplays calf, knee injuries

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — While his teammates played a spirited scrimmage one day after the Lakers’ worst loss in franchise history, D’Angelo Russell tossed up gentle flat-footed shots on the sideline. His right leg was wrapped from his quad to his ankle.No rest for Russell, even when he’s injured. Russell is expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks with an MCL sprain, calf strain and bone bruise, but he downplayed the injuries Monday at practice. The second-year guard said it’s the calf strain that’s giving him the most trouble. He feels almost no pain in his knee and feels grateful that it avoided serious injury. “It’s not that big of a deal,” Russell said. “It’s not that serious.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “There are going to be nights like that, but there shouldn’t be nights where we don’t compete,” Ingram said. “I don’t think I competed at the level I should have.”Ingram lamented his lack of aggressiveness with the first unit. When he tried to manufacture it, he found himself forcing difficult shots.Head coach Luke Walton said Ingram’s game is best suited for a second unit that is more free-flowing, but is still encouraged by his progress. In 12 games during the month of January, Ingram is averaging 11 points, the most for a single month in his short career thus far. “He’s had a couple of bad games, but you get 10-year vets who have bad games, Walton said. “He’s 19 years old, going from point guard to small forward, figuring the whole thing out. So we’re very happy with where Brandon is at.” Figuring it outFor Walton, the most frustrating part of the Lakers’ loss to Dallas was the lack of effort. His team never punched back and mustered the run NBA coaches always believe will come. The defense posed no serious threat to a Dallas offense that featured seven double-digit scorers. The ball stuck like the cars fighting through flooded L.A. freeways Sunday. Coming off a win against Indiana, the coach said his team relaxed into its “natural state” at the smallest sign of success.“In this league, with as much as we play, if you win one game, you gotta let that go by the next morning,” Walton said. “Whether it’s practice or shootaround or on the back-to-back, you gotta be ready to start over, refocus and bring that same type of energy level again the next night out. We haven’t figure that out as a group yet.”center_img The 20-year-old suffered the injury last Friday against the Pacers and sat out of the team’s 122-73 loss to Dallas on Sunday. After he missed 12 games in December and November due to a left knee injury, Russell said he better understands the patience it takes to recover and the importance of just getting a few shots up, even if they’re alone in the corner. “It takes time to get back into the groove that you’re in,” he said. “You miss one game, two games, any games, it’s hard to come back from. So knowing that it’s going to be a tough getting back into the groove, there’s better preparation going into that.” Ingram finding rhythm in first unitAlready startled by his team’s 49-point loss to Dallas, Brandon Ingram grew more frustrated when he saw the box score of the most lopsided loss in Lakers history. Beside his name, he saw that his plus-minus was a gaudy minus-45, meaning the Mavericks outscored the Lakers by 45 points when the 19-year-old rookie was on the floor. In his second career start as the primary ball handler, Ingram scored six points, picked up five fouls and turned the ball over three times without an assist in 36 minutes. He called the dismal performance “out of character” for himself, but wanted to remember it as motivation. last_img read more