Snapshot – Asia Cup, Jitu Rai, Ali vs Tyson and an old Mumbai Indians promo

Asia Cup

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‘The biggest positive was the fact that the movement was on show — something that seemed to desert him far too long. In case Shami isn’t available for the World T20, Bhuvneshwar should be the obvious substitute for him.’

The Ring Side View’s review  of India vs UAE by Nishant Pai Vaidya focuses on Team India’s bench strength. 

 

Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi reacts after losing the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 2, 2016. / AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

‘It wasn’t just a matter of disappointment but it was a painful experience to watch Pakistan play like that. The performance was very poor other then few individuals’ performances, but I can assure that accountability is inevitable’

The Pakistan team cops some friendly fire, via PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan 

 

 

Step 1 towards giving the womens’ team the importance it deserves – a united jersey launch for the T20 World Cup. 

 

Everything else

ShootingJitu Rai wins gold at the ISSF World Cup.

Kabaddi: Sportskeeda profiles Rishank Devadiga, the man behind U Mumba’s ten game winning streak

The importance of fielding: Tim Wigmore explains how T20 cricket has changed attitudes towards fielding. A must read. 

LongRead of the day

‘The fun thing about a hypothetical fight is that you can never be proved wrong in your pick, but you can remain absolutely adamant that anyone who picks the other guy is a mug. The standard is “prime Ali versus prime Tyson” and I think that is a bout which Tyson could take’

Jack Slack is probably the best combat sports journalist out there. This is a fascinating technical breakdown of a debate even casual boxing fans love to discuss – who would win a fight between Ali and Tyson?  

Video of the day

I love this version of the Mumbai Indians anthem. It’s from season 1 – and it’s a good indicator of how long the IPL has been around. Most of the featured cricketers have retired, but my favourite part is the focus on Ashish Nehra. He’s really come full-circle – from fame, to relative obscurity, to being part of a dominant Indian T20 team. 

 

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