Cricket: Take a bow Shahbaz Nadeem; 8 wickets for 10 runs!

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Picture Courtesy: Indian Express)Left arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem broke the List-A record for most wickets in an innings after putting up a stunning performance in which his figures read 10-4-10-8. Nadeem bettered Rahul Sanghvi’s 8/15 for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh (1997-98).Nadeem who picked up 8 wickets in his first 8 overs was on course to claim all the 10 wickets. But fellow left-arm spinner, Anukul Roy dismissed Rahul Chahar to break the sequence. This bowling display saw Jharkhand dismiss Rajasthan for a mere 73 and chase down the target in 15 overs.Speaking about it, Nadeem said, “I didn’t know until some people told me that I had broken the world record. It feels really good to play for the state (team) and do well and help it win matches,” he told PTI reacting to his feat. “I was happy with my performance and the hat-trick made it more special. It is nice to do that,” he said.He also credited his stint with the national side as a net bowler in the ongoing Asia cup for this brilliant display of bowling.“Bowling to the batsmen in the national team helps a lot. I was able to work on my bowling. You can know where you stand when you bowl to top-quality batsmen. I am happy I got the opportunity,” Nadeem added.It is to be noted that Shahbaz Nadeem has had some tremendous success in the Ranji Trophy circuit earlier, picking up more than 50 wickets in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Despite these brilliant performances he is yet to receive a national call-up.Also Read:Cricket: Gautam Gambhir bats for India against the Pakistani medialast_img read more

Stanley Kroenke backs ‘focused’ Arsene Wenger, will keep Arsenal control

first_imgArsenal owner Stanley Kroenke believes Arsene Wenger is the best manager to lead the Premier League side and has ruled out selling his majority share of the club.Wenger has led Arsenal to 17 trophies since taking charge in 1996 but his position was questioned after the north London side finished outside the league’s top four for the first time under the Frenchman last season.The 68-year-old signed a new two-year deal in May, leading to questions from fans and pundits as Arsenal have not won the league since 2004 and have never won the Champions League.”When you make decisions like that you are weighing lots of different factors but you hope that you weigh them correctly and come out with the right decision – I think we did,” Kroenke told the Telegraph when asked about Wenger’s contract extension.”We have dealt with this a lot and we believe Arsene is doing a great job and is the right guy. It’s easy to change coaches and people do it all the time… It’s harder not to do something.”We have a lot of respect for Arsene… I think he is more focused than ever. Focused on winning. I really think I do see that.”Kroenke praised Arsenal’s consistent record under Wenger and the club’s FA Cup win in May.”Look, we want to be champions of everything,” Kroenke added. “Premier League, Champions League. We have to do better but don’t sell short the FA Cup and Arsene’s record setting and consistency through 20 years.advertisement”For 20 years we were in the top four, no other English club has done that and the year we fell out we had four more points than the previous year when we were second.”American Kroenke also said that he wouldn’t sell his 67 per cent share of the club.Arsenal are fifth in the league and host 15th-placed Swansea City on Saturday.last_img read more