Both the Champions League and Europa League titles this season will be going to clubs from England. While Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will be vying for Europe’s blue riband club football completion in Madrid come June 1, it will be Chelsea and Arsenal who will figure in the Europa final in Baku.
It is a real shame that the 2019 Cricket World Cup winner was decided in the way it was. It is hard to digest that after a heart-stopping performance by two teams which gave it their best, an odd rule ruined the party not only for the gutsy Kiwis but also for cricket fans (‘England win Cricket World Cup after Super Over drama,’ July 15, Gulf Today).
It’s every captain’s dream to win the World Cup. Going into this World Cup, Kohli not only has a fine team at his disposal but the cricketing world also believes that Team India can lift the coveted trophy for the third time (“Kohli aims to emulate India’s 2011 feat at World Cup,” May 27, Gulf Today).
Though heavyweights India and Australia are out of contention, there is much to look forward to as England square up against New Zealand at Lord’s (‘Morgan wants England to relish pressure of World Cup final,’ July 13, Gulf Today). We will have a new champion as neither of the finalists have ever won the title.
The best way to popularise a sport is to have wider participation, so the decision to have only 10 teams for the 2019 Cricket World Cup goes against that spirit. FIFA for instance is planning to expand its reach by holding a 48-team Football World Cup in 2026. The Cricketing governing body should have implemented
What a weekend it has been. The longest Wimbledon final and a Super Over cliffhanger of a finish at Lord’s, all in a day’s play. The winner takes it all is the norm, but was there a loser? (‘England win Cricket World Cup after Super Over drama,’ July 15, Gulf Today). It was a cathartic moment for English cricket
The Old Trafford tie would have seen India make it to the finals had the batters seen off the new ball without giving away crucial wickets. But credit to Jadeja for his fine knock (‘Kiwis survive Jadeja scare to stun India in World Cup semi-final thriller,’ July 11, Gulf Today).
The ongoing World Cup is proving to be some sort of a mixed bag for India. Rohit Sharma has nearly overtaken Virat Kohli as the ‘hitman’ and is now on the threshold of eclipsing Sachin’s record of most centuries in the World Cup. While on the other hand Dhoni, who is counted among the “legends” of the game, is facing a lot of criticism
Rain leads the World Cup Cricket points table with eight points – that’s if we’re permitted to discard the stiff upper lip in Her Majesty’s Great Britain and smile away the cloudy blues. In fact, we should not sulk but sportingly give the rain gods credit for the bashing they are inflicting on some of the top-notch