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Sachin Tendulkar picks up stake in PBL franchise

first_imgBengaluru, Dec 8 (PTI) Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar today ventured into the world of badminton as co-owner of Premier Badminton League (PBL) franchise “Bengaluru Blasters” alongside Tollywood film stars including Chiranjeevi. “Sachin, Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Allu Aravind, besides myself – we all of us have formed a consortium and invested in Bengaluru Blasters,” team Co-Owner and businessman Nimmagadda Prasad told reporters here. This is the second venture of the consortium that owns Kerala Blasters, a part of the Indian Super League football tournament. Asked about the stakes picked up by the consortium members, Prasad denied to share details on it, but said he would disclose the details at an opportune time. “For now we will not disclose the breakup of investments made by the members of the consortium, but would disclose it at an opportune time,” he said. Asked whether it is a riskier affair to enter into badminton league which has not taken off as expected compared to Pro-Kabbadi, Prasad said the investors have bought the team considering the risk factors involved and with a desire to raise the standards of the sport in India. “When it comes sport, every entrepreneur faces this challenge. Let me tell you, sir, this is not a venture for making profits, but to raise the standards of badminton in India,” he said. Asked to comment on Tendulkars presence as a Co-owner of the team, national coach Pullela Gopichand said the maestros presence will not only boost the morale of players, but bring in more spectators. Speaking on the occasion, Tendulkar said given the recent wave of success for India in badminton globally, it is right time to help grow the sport exponentially. “Badminton is the epitome of fitness, flexibility, agility and skill and its adoption will contribute to India?s path to fitness. I?m excited to be part of Bengaluru Blasters team and wish them the very best for the upcoming season,” he said. PTI BDN BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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6 fours. 8 sixes. 16 balls. 74 runs: Mohammad Shahzad sets T10 format on fire

first_imgPowerhitting at its best was on display Wednesday night when Mohammad Shahzad gave a fiery start to the second edition of the T10 League in the United Arab Emirates.In the opening match of the T10 League, Shahzad powered Rajputs to a 10-wicket victory over the Sindhis.Asked to bat first, Sindhis rode on Shane Watson’s blazing 20-ball 42 not out to post 94 for six from their 10 overs. India’s World Cup winner Munaf Patel was pick of the Rajputs bowlers returning 3/20 from his two overs.A target of 95 from 10 overs on any given day is not easy. Not that victory is not possible but one can expect at least a close contest. Hover, Shahzad had other ideas on his mind — no dot balls and get boundary every delivery.The Man of the Moment, Mohammad Shahzad shares his thoughts on a day where he was at his destructive best and find out what was the secret to his success tonight? #T10League pic.twitter.com/KcvsrIEuKhT10 League (@T10League) November 21, 2018Shahzad, who faced the first ball of Rajputs’ chase, got off the mark with a single. Brendon McCulum, Shahzad, opening partner too got off strike the first ball he faced off Mohammad Nawaz.The next four deliveries were given harsh treatment. Four, Six, Four, Four as the first over ended with 20 on the board.In the next over, Jofra Archer conceded 23 as McCullum hit a couple of sixes while Shahzad sent one out of the park.In the third over, Shahzad reached his fifty, off only 12 balls — becoming only the third player after Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle to achieve the feat.advertisementShahzad’s motto in the third over was clear — see the ball and hit the ball — as he clobbered three sixes and as many fours off Thisara Perera.The fourth bowler, Fawad Ahmed, was deployed to change the fortunes of Sindhis in the fourth over. And he started well as he managed to get a dot ball against McCullum, next ball he was hit for four and then a single. A successful over so far…three balls only 5 runs, the cheapest first three balls of an over.However, Shahzad was clear in his mind as he hit sixes off the next three deliveries to complete the rout. Rajputs (96/0) won the game in only 4 overs.Shahzad remained unbeaten n 74 off only 16 deliveries, a knock that was studded with 6 fours and 8 sixes. His partner McCullum was not out 21 off 8 balls.last_img read more

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