For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ravi Shastri has lashed out at critics who are stating that MS Dhoni should walk away from the game and give the youngsters a chance. The former India cricket team skipper has not played since the end of the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where India lost to New Zealand. The head coach of the Indian cricket team, in an exclusive interview to Times of India, has said people are commenting on Dhoni as they do not have enough talking points. Apart from Dhoni, the head coach also spoke about giving the team a secure environment where they do not have to worry about their places.”Half the guys commenting on MS Dhoni can’t even tie their shoelaces. Look at what he’s achieved for the country. Why are people in a hurry to see him off? Maybe, they don’t find enough talking points. He and everybody who knows him know he’ll be going away soon. After 15 years of playing for India, wouldn’t he know what’s the right thing to do? So, let it happen when it has to. Making statements at his expense is downright disrespectful. MS Dhoni has earned the right to retire when he wants to. And let this debate end once and for all,” Shastri said. Shastri, who took over as the coach of the Indian cricket team after Anil Kumble’s departure from the side following the end of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, has constantly chopped and changed the team in all formats. However, Shastri reiterated that the team management will ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to decision. “The point I’m making here is that it is extremely important for players to be given a long rope. Constant chopping and changing, without letting the players know what’s going right or wrong for them is not correct. Virat shares the same vision,” Shastri said.India cricket is dominating on the field but off the field, there has been massive changes with Sourav Ganguly, the former India cricket team captain, appointed the president of the BCCI. During the coach selection interview process in 2016, Ganguly and Shastri had a major falling out. However, Shastri heaped praise on Ganguly’s appointment and said Indian cricket is moving in the right direction.Also Read | We Are Moving On, MS Dhoni Endorses Our View: MSK Prasad, Chief Selector”His appointment is an indication that Indian cricket is moving in the right direction. He’s always been a natural leader. When someone like him – who already dipped his feet into cricket administration four or five years ago – takes over as president of the BCCI, it’s a win-win for Indian cricket. These are difficult times for the Board and there’s a lot of work to do to bring BCCI back on the path of glory,” Shastri added.
Published on February 2, 2016 at 10:32 pm Syracuse’s first lead came under a minute into overtime, but the Orange (16-8, 6-5 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 68-60 overtime win over Virginia Tech (12-11, 4-6) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange struggled to score in regulation against the worst defensive team in the conference, but a string of deep balls in the extra period put Syracuse above .500 in ACC play for the first time.Here are three quick reactions from the game.OutletEven as Syracuse couldn’t hit water from a boat in the first half from 3-point range, Tyler Roberson grabbed eight boards and added eight points to stabilize the Orange. Four of those were of the offensive variety, which equaled Virginia Tech’s first-half team total.A second-half sequence where he flushed a two-handed dunk through contact and hit the front end of a one-and-one seconds later erased VT’s lead for the first time since the beginning of the game. It also gave him a double-double with about 10 minutes to go, his sixth on the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse finished with a 14-7 advantage in second-chance points as Roberson ended with six offensive boards, 15 total rebounds and 12 points.Mustached manTyler Lydon thrust his arms in the air from the bench with 30 seconds remaining in overtime. The freshman had fouled out earlier in the extra period and was relegated to the bench for the finish of a frantic game that Syracuse rarely had in its grasp.Minutes earlier, Lydon corralled a missed layup by Michael Gbinije and slammed it home to put Syracuse up five for its largest lead of the night at the time. He provided a more than sufficient reinforcement to Roberson’s standout day down low.Lydon finished with 13 points and six rebounds, along with being the only Syracuse player not to miss a foul shot.Grinding it outTrevor Cooney stepped to the foul line for his inevitable first points late in the first half, an 0-for-6 mark from the field already to his name. But two misses and two scrunched faces from his dad in the stands later, Cooney stood 0-for-3 from the line in addition to a fruitless shooting first half.The first shot of the second half went to him, though, and he sunk a 3 from right in front of Syracuse’s bench to cut Virginia Tech’s lead to three. That’s about all he had going for him in regulation.Cooney finished an abysmal 1-of-9 from the field with only three free throws to account for his regulation scoring after opening the second stanza with a long ball. But with three minutes left in overtime, his second 3-pointer and made field goal of the night, Cooney screamed toward the Carrier Dome roof after putting the Orange up 61-58, a lead that never vanished. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Hitting Yasiel Puig in the batter’s box? Not a great idea. pic.twitter.com/IaeeuSvqy1— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 29, 2019Puig started to charge the mound before being restrained by Cubs and Reds players. After the game, Strop didn’t mince his words when offering reporters his thoughts on Puig.Pedro Strop didn’t hide his feelings about Yasiel Puig. pic.twitter.com/9GRPBxRIek— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) June 29, 2019Puig took the high road, ultimately deciding to shift his focus to Sunday’s rubber match against a division rival.Following a war of words with Pedro Strop after being hit by a pitch, Yasiel Puig reacts to the situation and says his focus is on the @Reds winning the series tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/xkFcIQqz7H— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 29, 2019 It’s no secret that Yasiel Puig isn’t the most even-keeled player in MLB. Even after an offseason trade to the Reds from the Dodgers, the love-him-or-hate-him outfielder has engaged in the type of on-field shenanigans that make Puig, well, Puig.While many fans have embraced his saying “Puig your friend,” some of his fellow major leaguers won’t be calling him a friend based on things that have happened this season. His incident Saturday with Cubs reliever Pedro Strop, which was punctuated by Strop calling Puig “stupid as f—,” was the latest in a series of conflicts in which Puig has been at the center:MORE: Sign up for DAZN and watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a live MLB whiparound showApril 7: Ejected after benches-clearing brawlIt didn’t take long for Puig to start defending his Reds teammates. Pirates pitcher Chris Archer threw behind Derek Dietrich, who had homered earlier in the game, sparking an emptying of the benches. Puig quickly got in the middle of the argument, confronting Archer and other Pirates before being restrained. His fearlessness led to what may be the photo of the MLB season. Puig was not backing down today in the Pirates-Reds altercation… pic.twitter.com/WQDfVnd9qg— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 7, 2019Puig also tried to put Pirates bench coach Tom Prince in a head lock during the brawl. The outfielder was later suspended two games for his role in the incident.May 12: Rivalry with Madison Bumgarner resumesPuig’s relationship with the Giants’ ace has never been the best. The two have been involved in multiple incidents with each other dating to Puig’s time with the Dodgers, and Puig’s uniform change didn’t end the beef.The outfielder took the pitcher deep in May in San Francisco, complete with a bat flip. Blondes have more fun!#BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/rcAhi44crA— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 12, 2019Puig had his moment against Bumgarner on the field, but the pitcher delivered a comeback of his own after the game about Puig’s struggles against his fastball.”He’s a quick study. It only took him seven years to learn how to hit that pitch,” Bumgarner said.June 25: Unhappiness with the umpireIt’s common for an MLB player to not be happy with an umpire’s strike zone, but Puig might have taken his displeasure too far when he took exception to two of umpire Kerwin Danley’s strike calls during his at-bat. After being rung up on strikes, he argued and was subsequently ejected. Puig then tossed his helmet and bat near the plate before walking off. He denied saying anything worthy of an ejection or making contact with Danley. Was Puig right to be upset? You be the judge.The pitches in question (1 and 3 were called). pic.twitter.com/UH4qaCPKyI— Sarah Wexler (@SarahWexler32) June 26, 2019Yasiel Puig and David Bell have both been ejected.#BornToBaseball | @Reds pic.twitter.com/evgzOjCBWT— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 26, 2019June 29: ‘He’s stupid as f—’Puig’s most recent fracas took place Saturday against the Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop, who hit the outfielder on the leg with a 3-0 pitch.