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No pressure of being senior SRH player: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgNEW DELHI: Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar believes being the senior bowler of the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) he will have to take more responsibility in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he says he is not feeling any pressure and he is looking forward to put up a good performance that will help his side win matches beginning on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).In an exclusive conversation with IANS, Bhuvneshwar, who has taken 109 wickets in 96 games for SRH, said from the UAE: “Well, there’s no pressure at all because the team is never dependent on any one player. It’s about all 11 guys who contribute. Although being a senior player you always want to take more responsibility, there’s no pressure at all.” IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to be played in India in March but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it had to be shifted to the UAE and matches will be played across three venues — Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah — without spectators. While the crowd support serves as a motivating factor for players, Bhuvneshwar feels cricketers still would be raring to go on the field and give their best, considering they have been away from the game for quite a long period. “Fans always motivate you when they cheer for you or your team,” said the right-handed fast bowler. “Since no one has played any cricket for months, so everyone in the squad is hungry and motivated to go back to the field, play, and give his best shot.” The 30-year-old bowler further said that his team was preparing well for the tournament and would put in its best foot forward to try and clinch the trophy for the second time after 2016 (the team in its earlier avtar as Deccan Chargers had won the 2009 title). “I think every team has got fairly equal chances of winning the title. Talking about SRH, indeed, we are preparing well and definitely want to win it.” The pitches in the UAE tend to be slow and spinner-friendly and thus fans could expect matches to be not as high-scoring as they are used to witnessing in India. However, Bhuvneshwar feels batsmen will find a way out to score runs and bowlers will have to be on their toes to keep them in check. “I wouldn’t say bowlers will have an upper hand completely because both the batsman and bowler find out a way to score runs or take wickets, even if the pitches are not suitable for them. That is how this game is,” he said. (IANS) Also Watch: AASU-AJYCP’s New Political Party on Sept 11last_img read more

Stamford Bridge to host the inaugural five-a-side SBC Global Championship

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Share Five-a-side teams featuring players from some of the sports betting industry’s leading operators, suppliers, affiliates and media organisations will be taking part in the inaugural SBC Global Championship at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 22 May.Supported by headline sponsor Trustly Group, the eight-team tournament played out in Chelsea kits will be officiated by former FIFA and Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher.Club legend Graeme Le Saux, who made 250 league appearances for the Blues and collected 36 caps for England between 1994 and 2000, will be in charge of the pre-tournament draw and playing for one of the teams.Besides the coveted SBC Global Championship trophy, winners will take home fantastic prizes such as a VIP Box day at Stamford Bridge during one of the 18/19 season games.The tournament, rounded off by a networking event at The Jam Tree in Chelsea, will also feature a pitch-side barbecue after the group phase, before attention turns to the SBC Global Championship semi-finals and final from 16:00.Le Saux said: “SBC continues to unite the vibrant sports betting industry with social events such as this. I was proud to put my name to the SBC Global Championship, and I’m looking forward to getting the boots out to play at my favourite football stadium.”SBC Founder and CEO Rasmus Sojmark commented: “SBC is always looking for ways to strengthen the industry community, and the SBC Global Championship is a great example of that. Football and fun at Stamford Bridge will stay with you forever when you get to share it with industry friends and colleagues.”A preview of companies with player representatives include 12Bet, bet365, BetBright, BetConstruct, Betgenius, betPawa, Betradar, Better Collective, Betway, bold.dk, Catena Media, Danske Spil, ECommPay, Esports Insider, Favbet, FSB Tech, Golden Race, GVC Holdings, HiPay, iGaming Elite, Intertops, Livescore.com, Marathonbet, MuchBetter, Oddslife, OPTIMA, Parimatch, Pinnacle, Play’n GO, Processing.com, RedZoneSports, Setanta Sports, Smarkets, Sporting Solutions, SportNation, SportPesa, Sun Bets, Trustly, VSoftCo, WinDrawWin and Worldpay.The draw for the tournament by Graeme Le Saux will be streamed live on the SBC Facebook page HERE on Thursday 17 May from 4:00 pm. Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020last_img read more