Joe Root rues failure to take half-chances

first_imgEngland had India on the ropes in the fourth Test after picking up four quick wickets in the afternoon session on Saturday but let the hosts off the hook by failing to take opportunities.India, who lead the five-match series 2-0, were tottering at 307 for six, still 93 behind England’s total of 400 and facing the prospect of conceding a first-innings lead on a turning Wankhede Stadium pitch on which they have to bat last. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)But India captain Virat Kohli guided his team to 451 for seven at the close for a lead of 51, riding on a 57-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket and an unbroken 87 with Jayant Yadav.England had their chances to break both partnerships. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid failed to hold on to a return catch from Kohli, then on 68, while Joe Root dropped Yadav on eight off James Anderson. “After that middle session in the way that we got ourselves into a pretty good position, it was quite frustrating that we couldn’t take the wickets at the back end there,” Root told reporters.”It just proves that when you create those half-chances you got to make sure you take them.”Kohli remained unbeaten on 147 and the importance of Rashid’s spill was clear. (Murali Vijay answers critics with stylish eighth hundred)”That was a very difficult catch,” Root said. “When it’s coming at you at that pace, you are following through and it’s on you before you know it.”The England vice-captain, who took two wickets with his part-time off-spin, tried to remain upbeat.advertisement”Most important thing is that we look forward, look to tomorrow and we take those three early wickets when we get those opportunities,” Root said.”When it comes to batting we will look to put pressure back on them and be positive just like we were in the first innings. If we can do that and do that well then we have got a really good game on our hands.”Root was effusive in his praise for Kohli and said the batsman, who completed 1,000 Test runs in 2016 during his innings.”He is obviously very driven and he’s very ambitious, you can see that in the way he approaches the game,” Root said. (Kohli slams 15th Test hundred, goes past 500 runs in England series)”Very emotional and he wears his heart on his sleeve.”I wouldn’t say intimidating or anything like that but it’s quite good to play against guys that express how they feel and try and make you feel uncomfortable.”last_img read more

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Vladimir Putin says Russia won’t prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if they wanted to, damping down calls from some Russians for a boycott of the Games.The IOC on Tuesday banned the Russian team from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system but left the door open for some Russians to compete as neutrals if they demonstrate they have a doping-free background.”Without any doubt, we will not declare a blockade, we will not prevent our Olympians from taking part (in the Games), if one of them wants to participate in a personal capacity,” Putin said on state television.In his first comments since the ban, Putin took aim at Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory whose allegations of state-sponsored doping and a cover-up at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics triggered investigations that ultimately led to the IOC decision.Without identifying Rodchenkov by name, Putin said the IOC’s decision had been “mainly based on the testimonies of a person whose moral and ethical attitudes and psychological state raise many questions.””Most of the accusations are based on facts that have not been proven and are largely unfounded,” Putin said.Putin said that Russia bore a share of blame for the IOC decision for having given international Olympic authorities a pretext for banning the country.”I think that this excuse was not used in an honest way, to put it mildly,” Putin said without elaborating.advertisementHe did not budge on Russia’s insistence that there was no state-sponsored doping system in the country.”Why are our Olympians being banned from competing under the Russian flag and national symbols, if there is no state support for doping? Then punish those who are guilty,” Putin said.Putin, who announced on Wednesday he would run in a Russian presidential election next year, said he had not instructed officials to deliver victory for the Russian team at the Sochi Games.The Kremlin leader said a final decision on Russia’s stance regarding the IOC ban would be made at a meeting of Russian Olympic authorities in the coming days.South Korea’s sports ministry said on Thursday that the ban on Russia participation is “regrettable”, and urged Russian atheletes to take part.”If we will be able to see the excellent performance that Russian atheletes demonstrated in previous winter games, that will make a huge contributions to the success of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics,” the ministry said in a statement.Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state support for doping and have pledged to cooperate with international sports authorities to counter the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.In the weeks ahead of Tuesday’s IOC decision, more than 20 Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Games were banned for life from the Olympics for having allegedly violated anti-doping rules.Russia’s athletics federation, Paralympic Committee and anti-doping agency RUSADA remain suspended over doping scandals.last_img read more

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