Spit Fyah regain lead Church cricket final showdown today Favourites Spit Fyah regained their slim lead over Spring Village as they beat Felluchie Strikers 300-288 in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union League last Sunday. Spit Fyah amassed 53 points from 14 games, one point ahead of Spring Village (52 points), who were idle last week. In other games, seventh-place Eradication (33 points) went down 300-289 to Passagefort United; fifth-place Right Stuff defeated Fort International (46 points) 300-297 in a countdown; and Correctional Services beat Highlight Strikers 300-203. Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Masterpiece vs Waterhouse United, Naggo Head vs Highlight Strikers, Correctional Services vs Felluchie Strikers, Soursop Tree vs Garveymeade, Eradication vs Chedwin Strikers, Spit Fyah vs Ken’s Wildflower, Spring Village vs Right Stuff, Fort International vs Passagefort United, and Unity Strikers vs Memory Lane. The Gleaner clip Carib Cement in BH domino Big one-day domino tournament on today at JC The Wulin Domino Kings one-day pairs tournament is on today at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, starting at 9 a.m. The high-tech tourney offers a first prize of $350,000 and championship ring; $150,000 to the pair finishing second; and $75,000 for third. Entry fee is $4,000. It will run until 9 p.m. and many of the top players in town and the country are expected to participate. The Business House five-a-side one-day football rally takes place today at the National Water Commission playing field, Mona, starting at 8 a.m. There are 25 participating teams, including defending champions Carib Cement. The teams will vie for the Butterkist Trophy in the Seprod-sponsored rally. Defending champions Edgewater FC won their third game of the season in the St Catherine FA Under-13 football league last Sunday when they easily defeated Westchester 4-0. They now have 10 points from four games, the same as Portmore United, who outshot East Portmore Portals 3-2. The latter have a superior goal difference. In other games, Royal Lakes were held 0-0 by Daytona; Central Linx flexed their muscles as they hammered minnows Tredegar Park 6-0; Windsor Lion defeated Angels United 3-1; and De La Vega City beat Rivoli United 2-0. Action in the league continues today. St George’s College won their second lacrosse title of the season as they topped arch-rivals Holy Trinity 9-8 in a pulsating high school final for the North Street Cup at St George’s College recently. Kingston College turned the tables on Wolmer’s Boys in the North Street Cup third-place game, taking home the bronze medal. The game of lacrosse comes with a frenetic pace and the youngsters have accepted the sport as their own. Last year’s knockout champions, The Gleaner, made a winning start in Division One of the 2016 Wray & Nephew Business House domino league, clipping Carib Cement 94-92 in a closely contested match at The Gleaner Sports Club, 7 North Street, on Friday, April 29. It was a ding-dong affair between both teams in the first half, but The Gleaner pulled away towards the end to lead 51-45 at half-time. After the interval, The Gleaner maintained their lead for a while, but Cement Company fought back strongly to lead 76-75. Thereafter, it was anybody’s game, but The Gleaner players were more determined and squeezed home by two points in the closing stages. The top pair for the winners was Earl ‘Maro’ Morrison and Omar McCurdy. The Gleaner will next play defending league champions Kingston Wharves at The Gleaner Sports Club. Business House football rally today The curtains will come down on the 2016 season of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 church cricket league with its final showdown between Power of Faith Development and Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) at the Bridgeport Sports ground in Portmore, St Catherine, today at 2 p.m. The teams are vying for the Dr Delford Davis Trophy. Meanwhile, today’s activities should pull a fair-sized crowd as there will also be an over-50 cricket match for veteran players. Meanwhile, PFM Development won the eliminator match two against Faith Temple New Testament at Bridgeport. PFM Development, which won the toss and batted first, made 207-5, with a top score of 105 from Demar Johnson, while Aaron Daley hit 28. The leading wicket-taker, Simon Clarke, took 2-14 from four overs. In reply, Faith Temple were blown away for 47 in 12.3 overs, with the top score being nine from Burford Sangster. Jerome Heroin ripped through the Faith Temple batting, claiming 5 -13 in four overs and Aaron Daley 3-8 in 3.3 overs, thus giving PFM Development victory by 160 runs. St George’s top Holy Trinity in exciting lacrosse final Edgewater win third game
Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Perpetual erases 4th set deficit, trumps Arellano for 11th NCAA volleyball title LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Rico Andes recovered his goal-finding capabilities and netted a hat trick to power Far Eastern University past Adamson in a 7-0 drubbing for its first win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.After hitting blanks in FEU’s first four matches, Andes found the back of the net in the 41st, 79th, and 88th minutes hand helped the Tamaraws get to five points five games into the season.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Then it was up to Andes to put the nail in the coffin sending home John Paul Salilig’s cross.In the other matches, University of the Philippines got to 13 points and regained the top spot after taking down National U, 2-0, while De La Salle overcame University of the East, 3-2, and moved up to third seed with nine points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Andes, who had a total of six goals in Season 79, tallied the tournament’s second hat-trick after University of Santo Tomas’ Marvin Briceno achieved the feat in the Golden Booters’ season opener against FEU.FEU already had a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half when Andes and Marole Bungay struck early for the Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlex Rayos Jr. then put his name on the scoresheet in the 58th minute while Audie Menzi headed in his goal seven minutes later giving FEU the 4-0 lead.Harold Alcoresa followed up Andes’ second goal in the 87th minute making the Tamaraws’ lead balloon to 6-0. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
BCB/Elizabeth Styles Under-21 tournament…The historic Port Mourant Cricket Ground will be the venue for what is expected to be a colossal clash between two titans each vying to be the Under-21 champion of cricket in the Ancient County.Kevin SinclairThe final match in the Berbice Cricket Board/Elizabeth Styles’ Under-21 tournament bowls off tomorrow, and this final encounter will feature the unstoppable Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets cricket team coming up against the unmovable Blairmont Community Centre cricket team.The teams are naturally arch-rivals. Each has pummelled Tucber Park Cricket Club and Albion Community Centre respectively to advance to the highly anticipated final of the tournament.The Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets team appears stronger on paper, but cricket matches are won by the team that plays better on the day of the contest.National Under-19 players Kevin Sinclair, Junior Sinclair and Kevlon Anderson will spearhead a strong Rose Hall Town batting side, and will receive support from all-rounders Keith Simpson, Chanderpaul Govindan, Mahendra Gopilall, Tyrese Sealey and the highly talented Jonathan Rampersaud, who at 14 years old is the youngest franchise player in Guyana.The Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets bowling will be spearheaded by pacer Sylus Tyndall and Kevlon Anderson, while off spinners Kevin Sinclair, Jonathan Rampersaud, Tyrese Sealey, Junior Sinclair and left-arm spinners Keith Simpson and Jeremy Sandia will offer a lot of support.Blairmont Community Centre have, on a number of occasions, proved they are no walkover. Having defeated the talented Albion Community Centre on their home turf in the semifinal recently, they have in skipper Javed Karim a capable all-rounder who can change the course of any game with his batting and left-arm medium pace.He will receive support from Marvin Prashad, Seon Glasgow, Nigel Deodat, Fawaz Gafoor and Wazim Ishan.The Blairmont Community Centre spin attack could, on the day, visit severe problems on the powerful Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets batting line-up. However, it must be considered that Rose Hall Town easily defeated Blairmont in the Berbice Cricket Board New York Business Group Under-19 Final, with Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Keith Simpson and Junior Sinclair being the outstanding performers for the champion.The winner of this tournament will pocket $70,000 and a trophy; the runner-up will pocket $35,000 and trophy, while the man of the final would receive a cash prize and trophy. Bissoondyal Singh, representative of Elizabeth Styles, will be present to hand over the prizes after the game has been concluded.
However, on Thursday, he took to Instagram to get his revenge.“One, two, three, go!” shouts Neymar as around a dozen youngsters fall to the ground of a parking lot.“That’s a free-kick!” screams the Brazilian breaking into fits of laughter.The video was released with a hashtag #ChallengeDAFALTA, the free-kick challenge in Portuguese.During the recent World Cup, the player’s antics sparked the “Neymar Challenge” where he was widely mocked.In Mexico, a football club organised a competition in which contestants attempted to roll the entire length of the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Falling down: Neymar at the World Cup © AFP/File / JOE KLAMARRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jul 19 – Neymar took a swipe at his critics on Thursday with a tongue-in-cheek video in which he teaches children how to dive.The Brazilian superstar was widely lambasted at the World Cup for his theatrical reactions to challenges which often left the world’s most expensive footballer wincing and rolling on the ground.
Vurnon Anita has been released by Newcastle United Newcastle have released Vurnon Anita while opening talks with Yoan Gouffran over a new contract.The versatile Anita, signed from Ajax in the summer of 2012, made 27 Championship appearances last season as the Magpies secured promotion back to the top flight.But the 28-year-old Dutchman, who was used in the centre of midfield or at full-back during his time on Tyneside, will leave St James’ Park when his contract expires this summer.Long-serving winger Sammy Ameobi, defender Lubo Satka and midfielder Haris Vuckic are also heading for pastures new after the club announced their retained list.Manager Rafael Benitez told the club website: “I wish to give sincere thanks to all those players who we have made the difficult decision to release this summer.“In particular to Vurnon Anita, who has served Newcastle United magnificently over the last five years. Vurnon is an outstanding team player, always working for the team and willing to step into whatever position he was needed to fill.“He is an excellent professional and I thank him for every contribution he has made over the years, particularly in my time as manager.“Thanks also to Sammy Ameobi, who came back in January and made a contribution to the second half of the season. He was always so positive and did everything he could to help the team achieve success.”French attacking midfielder Gouffran’s contract is also due to expire, but he may yet have a future under Benitez.The Spaniard added: “Yoan Gouffran has been an equally committed and dedicated team player for this club, as well as a hugely popular member of the squad.“I can confirm we are in early stage discussions now with Yoan’s agent to see if there might be a solution that could work for both the player and the club which may see Yoan extend his service to Newcastle United, but we will know more in the coming days.”Winger Florian Thauvin has completed a permanent move to Marseille following a season-long loan at the Orange Velodrome. 1
Saul Niguez has starred for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has ruled out joining Barcelona or Manchester United this summer.The midfielder is lighting up the European Under-21 Championship at the moment and he bagged a hat-trick for Spain during their semi-final win over Italy on Tuesday.Barcelona and Manchester United are both reportedly keen on the 22-year-old and it was thought they may swoop for him this summer.But now Niguez has acted swiftly to deny reports linking him with a move away in the near future.“I have no intention of moving,” Niguez quoted as saying by AS. “I’m where I want to be and things are going to remain the same.“They (Atletico) have put their trust in me since I was young, and I want to repay that confidence.” 1
St. Michael’s NotesAll County League Both teams were at home to Termon in the All County League Division 1 on Saturday evening last.The Reserves put on a very good display winning on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 2-9 Termon 0-5.The St. Michael’s Team and scorers were: Dean Fleming, Hugh O Donnell, Darragh Mc Carry, Daniel Doak 0-1, Steven Coyle 0-2, Kieran Gallagher 1-0, Ryan Langan 1-0, James Sharkey, Thomas O Donnell, Denis Trearty , Caolin Toye ,Patrick McFadden, James Henry Alcorn 0-2 , Jamie Hunter, Ruari Friel 0-1. Subs: Brendan Rodden 0-1, Peter Sweeney, Paul Baird 0-1, Lorcan Mc Daid 0-1.The seniors also put on a good performance to won on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 2-9 Termon 0-8. Both teams are at home to Dungloe on this Saturday evening the 8th May with the throw ins at 6pm and 7.30pm at the Bridge.The St. Michael’s team and scorers were:Dean McColgan; Stephen Doak, Peter Witherow, Michael Gallagher; Michael Cannon (0-2), Michael McGinley (0-1), Liam Paul Ferry; Kieran Kelly, Martin McElhinney; Michael Langan (0-1), Ciaran Gallagher, Keelan McGee; Brian McLaughlin, Andrew Kelly (2-3, 3f), Raymond McLaughlin (0-2, 2f). Sub: Oisin Langan for B McLaughlin (4), Stephen Coyle for McGee (48), Chris McElhinney for C Kelly (56), James Henry Alcorn and Lorcan McDaid for R McLaughlin and Witherow (60+2).St. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night the 7th May Rose Toye and Brid Gallagher, Creeslough/Shandon Thomas O’Donnell, 14th May Dunfanaghy Charlie McFadden and Andrew Coll, Creeslough/Shandon Michael Cannon.St. Michael’s Mini Lotto There was no jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 5,6,9,10,11,15. This weeks Jackpot be €2050. Match 5 Winners were Michael McGinley Deryherriff, Mark Lagan Ards, Patricia Claire Coll Ballyboes and Hugh Boyle Gortnalake who won €25each. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo Session The winner of the €100 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was Kathleen Montgomery Dunmore Falcarragh, the winner of the €100 on the 9th Game was Bridget Sweeney Magheramena Dunfanaghy. Every house New Car if you check on 45 Numbers or less with the Lucky number in the Panel and also called in the first five numbers of that game.The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2100. The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.Patrons please note that this months 50 Club Draw will take place at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on this Sunday night the 8th May.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardThanksSt. Michael’s Minor Board would like to thank everyone who helped with the Bed Push on Bank Holiday Monday last and thanks to everyone who contributed in any way. Thanks to all drivers for their cooperation on the day.Lá Na gClubannaLá Na gClubanna/Parish League Finals will take place this Sunday May 8th at 1pm. Anyone who would like to sing as gaeilge or do Irish Dancing or play a musical instrument please contact Anne Marie on 0879454107.Under 10’sThe training for the Under 10’s this Thursday evening, any queries contact Aidan on 0838017333.Under 12’sTraining continues on Tuesday evening 3rd May. Bus leaving Creeslough 5.15pm sharp. 3 euro for bus. And any queries contact Brandon on 0860765703.First game of the league this Wednesday evening the 4th May.U14sSt Michael’s played Milford at home at the Bridge last Monday evening and had a very convincing win; the best that the team have played so far this year, well done the boys. The semi final is scheduled for this Friday May 6th.Training now takes place every FRIDAY evening at the Bridge @7pm. The bus is €3 and leaves Creeslough at 6.30pm.U16s St. Michaels Under 16’s play Letterkenny Gaels or Naomh Mhuire this Friday evening May 6th. Bus leaves Creeslough at 6.15pm and Dunfanaghy at 6.25pm.MinorsThe Minors played home last Wednesday evening in the League Semi Final beating Macumhails and recording a comfortable win. The boys did not have a good first half but all played very well in the second half. The boys are now scheduled to play St. Eunans in the League Final in Convoy.RegistrationAnyone still wishing to register/pay outstanding monies please contact either Suzi on 0872849214 or Anne Marie on 0879454107 ASAP.Well Done Well Done to Molly Roarty who was part of the under 16 Donegal team who played Monaghan in Castleblaney on Sunday evening last winning on a scoreline of 7-18 to 0-2.Well done also to Ciara McGarvey and Marcella Dolan who were on the Donegal U-14 Team that defeated Armagh in Lurgan last Saturday, winning on a scoreline of 5-7 to 1-10.GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S POWER PAST TERMON TO RECORD ANOTHER FINE WIN was last modified: May 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportSt Michaels
Nine police personnel have been placed under suspension in Tripura over the past two days after they failed to track absconding CPI(M) veteran and former PWD Minister Badal Choudhury, wanted in a ₹600-crore construction work scam.Deputy Superintendent of Police (District Intelligence Branch) Banoj Biplab Das was suspended on Saturday on charge of dereliction of duty.On Friday, officer in charge of the West Agartala Police Station D.P. Roy and six other personnel either attached with the Crime Branch or the Special Branch, were suspended, a day after West Tripura Superintendent of Police Ajit Pratap Singh was placed under suspension. Three personal security staff of Mr. Choudhury were among those who faced action. The BJP-led coalition government also carried out a major reshuffle in the top and middle rung of the State police. Mr. Choudhury was named in an FIR registered in the West Agartala Police Station by the Vigilance Department, which probed the alleged ₹600 crore construction work scam in the PWD in 2008.
Indian corporate giant Reliance Industries is seeking partnership with global players for a new venture aimed at bridging the gap between urban and rural India, Group Chief Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani has said.Noting that India is capable of becoming a USD 30-40 trillion economy by 2040, Nita Ambani, Chairperson of RIL Group’s philanthropy arm Reliance Foundation, said that the milestone would make the country poverty-free.Delivering the Champben & Jamnadas Modi/K R Narayanan PhD Fellowship lecture at the London School of Economics in London on Friday night, she elaborated on the Reliance Group’s plan to build bridges between the rural and urban India.”It will be a unique partnership of private, public and the citizen sector and we seek global partnership in this venture,” she said.”We all have a big dream for India. It has the potential to become a staggering USD 30 to 40 trillion economy by 2040 and when this dream comes true, India will be poverty-free,” Ambani noted.”This will be India’s third and real freedom, freedom from poverty. If 1947 was the first freedom, to my mind 1991 (rpt) 1991 was the 2nd freedom – economic freedom – freedom that unleashed our entrepreneurship to compete in the world.”She said the freedom from poverty is possible “if we energise our youth and build an economic system, and institutions that provide an opportunity to realise the full potential of our 1 billion plus people.”Remembering the time when she met Mukesh, she said: “In the late 1970s and early 80s when Mukesh and I met, India was considered a third world country. It has been fascinating to see the journey from third world country to the third most powerful country in the world.”advertisementThe topic of the lecture was “Towards an Indian Renaissance: Building Institutions of Excellence.”Noting that India’s advantages can be summarised as 3 Ds – Democracy, Diversity and Demographics, Nita Ambani, also chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School and Sports JV IMG-Reliance, said the real explosion would happen when the 4th ‘D’ of discipline would get integrated.”Discipline will bind the country and align it in its pursuit to become a truly advanced economy.”After arriving here with Mukesh Ambani on Friday afternoon in their special chartered flight, Reliance I, the couple also attended a dinner hosted by Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics at the LSE.The dinner was attended by Britain’s Secretary of State for Business Dr Vince Cable, Lord Megnad Desai, Barry Gardiner, MP, and Manoj Ladwa, a leading solicitor.In her hour-long lecture, which was repeatedly applauded by the packed gathering, Ambani said “India is now changing and regaining its lustre and it is coming of age.”Describing the radical transformation, she said, “India’s economy is growing at a trail blazing rate of around 8 to 9 per cent annually and promises to do so for many years to come. We will soon be the fastest growing economy.”Neeta Ambani added, “Mukesh often talks about our right to win. India has now earned its right to win. People speculate that this century is Asia’s century and in my heart of heart I know India will lead the way.”It will not only lead the way but also be a shining example and show the path to the rest of the world. While the world is still reeling under the aftermath of the financial crisis, India has come out stronger and has demonstrated that financial innovations can not be done at the cost of the common man.”According to her, India knew a unique developmental model, which is different from the rest of the world.”India’s unique strength lies in its soft power – the soft power will be central to making it a super power.”Talking about her association with the businesses of Reliance Group, Nita Ambani said her role in building Jamnagar Refinery was to “make the development process people-centric, infuse a soul into the creation; my role was also to ensure excellence is ingrained in this asset that will serve India and its people for a long time.”She said her most important job was to create one of the biggest green belts standing in 1800 acres in Jamnagar where they planted over 2 million trees.”Part of the desert has now been transformed into Asia’s largest mango-growing orchard. Today the refinery is not only exporting petroleum products but also mangoes,” she said.She also referred to her role in transforming the Mumbai Indians, the IPL team led by Sachin Tendulkar, “greatest cricketer in the world”.advertisementShe said that the Group was now expanding its sports vision through IMG Reliance Joint Venture. “It is a world class initiative in sports development under which 29 most deserving young sports stars have been identified from across the country and they will be sent on a one-year scholarship to IMG academy in Florida.””This joint venture will build most advanced sport infrastructure in the country. Most importantly it will groom future champions of India.”With inputs from PTI
With India’s regular openers injured and an uncharacteristic green wicket prepared to unsettle Indian batsmen, the series was on the line for India’s young test team in Sri Lanka. Enter the crisis man Cheteshwar Pujara. For all his failings in England and Australia, Pujara’s fighting 145 in his comeback and the decisive test match of the series, helped India script a historic win.India Today met up with the gritty Saurashtra batsman at his newly acquired ground in the outskirts of Rajkot where his father and former Ranji player Arvind Pujara trains aspiring cricketers through the day. Father Arvind is no mean coach as Cheteshwar still falls back on him for matters of technique. His father doesn’t travel to watch Cheteshwar live from ground, simply because watching on the telly with replays and commentary helps him provide better feedback to his cricketer son.Pujara may have done the best he could of the opportunity at SSC but he would still not know if that’s enough to win back his test place and the favored no.3 spot with Vijay and Dhawan expected to be fit again and Rahane the incumbent no.3. Here’s Cheteshwar Pujara in this exclusive interview on the many battles he continues to fight to stay relevant in the modern day game..Q. You are looked my many as ‘a crisis man’. How do you take it?A. When the team needs runs, responsibility is something I have always batted with. That’s what I have always done.Q. For eight months between three series, Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, you waited to play a test match. How difficult a phase was that?A. Was a tough time to be honest. The kind of start I had and then the lean patch. But the main thing was self belief. The best thing came from Rahul Dravid who told me there was nothing wrong with my technique and asked me to keep believing in myself and that my time will come and it did come. Eventually when I got an opportunity in Sri Lanka and the way I batted I was quite pleased after all the hard work I had put in before Sri Lanka in the last few months.Q. Was there any technical shortcoming as well? This one particular mode of dismissal — the incoming delivery that broke your defense more than you would have liked?A. ?Sometimes you don’t want to be too harsh on yourself. The conditions were challenging. Especially if you see in England I was getting to starts and batting well. I was able to play 100 balls. If you are out of form, you can’t bat that long. So I was getting set and then getting out. There were some things I realized I had to work on and start converting 30’s and 40’s into big ones. Eventually I started working on it and it happened.Q. Happened and how. A Man of the Match winning performance. Describe to us your feeling when you completed that ton at SSC and when you got the ovation from the dressing room after that innings..A. It was really satisfying. I can’t describe it in words. The amount of hard work I was putting in, in lead up to the series and during my tough time. I thought this was my opportunity although the conditions were difficult. But there was responsibility because the series was leveled and an opportunity to contribute for team’s success. I wanted to keep my mind blank and enjoy my batting when I went in to bat. Once I was set, started playing my shots. Than we lost few wickets before which Mishra came in and we got 300 plus. Virat, Ravi and the entire dressing room came and congratulated me because I got hundred after being away from the eleven.Q. On such occasions is success on comeback even more satisfying than doing well on debut?A. There are mixed feelings. You are nervous because it’s your debut. When you are on a comeback trail, you know that you can perform at that level. But there is still pressure and nervous times because you have sat out.Q. There is a feeling more and more teams are looking for a no.3 ?who can counter attack than grind the opposition down. Is that why you had to sit out recently?A.? You have to play by the situation. You still need a batsman who can see through the new ball. Who can look to be positive and rotate the strike but still not lose many wickets early on. With my game once I am in the runs will come. Don’t think there are any issues to worry about. If I keep adding few shots to my game, it will help me in the long run.Q. Any specific shot that you are working at?A. I don’t want to disclose any particular shot. But there are a few shots I am working on and with time, I will be able to execute them as well.Q. For someone like you who plays only one format currently, is there a fear that the recall value of your last successful innings is limited. In the one dayers next, someone might hit the purple patch and the last test series performances may get forgotten?A. People still recognize the good innings you play. If you are scoring consistently in test format you should not worry too much. But if you are playing all the formats it becomes little easier I would agree to that. The way I am playing in tests is good. I am also working on my game to make it into the odi and T20 which I want to play. I will only become a better player with that.Q. We’re you surprised that no one bid for you in the last IPL?A. I wanted to play the IPL. It didn’t go as I was expecting. I ultimately got a chance to play county and a season with Yorkshire. So it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I played 4-5 games there and that practice ultimately helped.Q. Being out of odi and T20 cricket also hurts a cricketer financially. How do you cope with that? A. I would definitely like to play all formats of the game. Am trying to add few more shots to my game which will allow me to accelerate. Once I am in, in test cricket, I start playing many shots, it’s about getting used to a few things. If you look at my domestic record? in odi cricket..the amount of runs I have got and at what strike rate..there is no doubt that it will happen. Time will tell. I want to keep working hard and enjoy my gameQ. For someone who has played so much domestic cricket, how do you look at this theory gaining currency that Indian batsmen don’t handle spin as well as they once used to?A. I don’t agree Indians batsmen don’t play spin as well. Bowlers are also becoming clever who know weakness of batsmen and overseas teams have started producing spinners? and all rounders. Things don’t come as easy from overseas team as what one used to expect. As batsmen you have to respect the bowler. The thing about our Indian team now is we are always trying to improve whether it is against spin or any other aspect.Q. The next challenge is South Africa who tour well. Your battle with Steyn will be well anticipated..A. We will look at what we can improve upon. Not worry about South African team and their game plan too much. ?Steyn is a word class bowler so you have to be balanced when planning against him. I would look to bat the same way that I would against any other bowler. He would have his game plans. But I know what to expect since I have played against him.Q. You had said during your last battle against him that you were a compulsive hooker..A. I didn’t say I am a compulsive hooker but I do like playing that shot. Now I have realized which one to play and which one not to play. So there are times when you can play and other times when it has to be left alone.Q. How keen is the team to walk the talk when you all say we want to be no.1..A. We defiantly want to be no. 1 team in the world. That is something that is at the back of our mind. But have to take it one series at a time. Next up is South Africa and we would try to win the series. Sri Lankan series gave us a lot of confidence and the team was united that’s why we won.Q. Finally, there’s been a fair degree of musical chairs at no.3. Is that the position you want to make your own?A. I would bat wherever the team requires me to bat. But since I have done well at no.3, given a choice I would want to bat there. But ultimately it depends upon the demands of the situation and that’s where I would bat?.