IPL 2017 Report Card: Rising Pune Supergiant impress despite the odds

first_imgThey came, they saw and they almost conquered but that wasn’t to be. Rising Pune Supergiant’s final Indian Premier League campaign came to a disappointing end as they lost the summit clash by one run against Mumbai Indians, a team whom they had beaten three times this season but faltered at the last hurdle.Pune were superbly led throughout the tournament by Steve Smith and it was all going to plan in the final as well when they restricted Mumbai to 129 for 8 thanks to superb bowling performances from Jaydev Unadkat (2/19), Adam Zampa (2/32) and Dan Christian (2/34).Pune had a good start to their run chase with Ajinkya Rahane scoring a quickfire 44 but regular wickets combined with superb bowling from Mumbai and the pressure of chasing in a final got to Pune as they lost the plot in the death overs and ended up one run short of the target. Captain Smith top-scored with 51 but his 50-ball effort didn’t help and they failed to keep up with the required run rate as a result.But despite the flaws and mistakes the team made in the final, their campaign this year was nothing short of outstanding.Pune removed MS Dhoni from the captain’s post and handed it over to Smith, a decision which didn’t go down too well with the fans and pundits. But the move worked wonders for the team as Smith’s captaincy combined with Dhoni’s tactical brilliance saw Pune completely turn their campaign around this season and reach the final after finishing seventh last year.advertisementSo what led to Pune’s transformation this year? Was it just Smith’s captaincy behind their rise or the overseas players who were brought on board?Let’s take a closer look at Rising Pune Supergiant’s phenomenal IPL 2017 campaign:THE KEY PLAYERS FOR RPSRahul Tripathi: Local boy Rahul Tripathi was termed as a revelation by captain Steve Smith. Tripathi took the IPL by storm this season arriving as a surprise package for the team. Playing in his debut season, Tripathi amassed 391 runs in 14 matches at an average of 27.92 with two half-centuries including a match-winning 93 he scored against Kolkata Knight Riders in the league stages. Tripathi easily outshone his opening partner and the experienced Ajinkya Rahane in almost every match that they played together and was a top-contender for the Emerging Player of the Season award along with the likes of Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi etc.Photo Credit: BCCI Steve Smith: The Australian captain led his team from the front and played some outstanding knocks throughout the season. Pune’s decision to hand Smith the captaincy was met with a lot of criticism at first but the 2015 World Cup-winning captain quickly proved everybody wrong and led by example. Smith, who came to the IPL on the back of a terrific Test series with the bat against India where he scored 499 runs in four matches, hammered 472 runs in 15 matches for RPS at an average of 39.33 with three fifties and ended up as the fourth highest run-scorer in the season. Smith seeked Dhoni’s advice whenever it was needed and was one of the best captain’s on show this season.Photo Credit: BCCI Jaydev Unadkat: After plying his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jaydev Unadkat was bought by the Pune franchise for a bargain price of Rs 30 lakh in the auction this year. The left-arm fast bowler proved out to be more than worth his price finishing with 24 wickets in 12 matches at a staggering average of 13.41 and a best bowling effort of 5/30 which also included a hat-trick in a league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Unadkat was the second highest wicket-taker behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar this season, who took 26 wickets from 14 games. Unadkat was superb in the final as well as he took 2 for 19 which included the wickets of in-form Mumbai openers Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons.Photo Credit: BCCI Imran Tahir: The South African leg-spinner was drafted into the team at the last moment after going unsold in the IPL auctions this year, which was a big surprise considering the fact that Tahir is the No. 1 ranked bowler in T20 internationals. The move paid off big time as Tahir picked up 18 wickets in 12 games at an economy rate of 7.85. He was the fifth highest wicket-taker this season. Tahir played his last match in the tournament against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 6 after which he had to leave for national duty and was replaced by Adam Zampa in the playing XI, who also performed well picking up seven wickets in six matches. Tahir more than made up for Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence in the squad this season and was one of the main reasons behind Pune’s winning run in the league matches.advertisementPhoto Credit: BCCI THE X-FACTORBen Stokes: Picked up for a record amount of Rs 14.50 crore, Ben Stokes’ price tag was the biggest talking point in this year’s auction. Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in the history of the IPL but quality comes at a price. Stokes burnet a big hole in RPS’ pocket but the big-hitting English all-rounder was worth every penny. By the time he left the IPL to join the England squad, Stokes had picked up 12 wickets and amassed 316 runs in 12 matches at 31.60 which also included an unbeaten 103 he scored against Gujarat Lions in a league match. Stokes was Pune’s x-factor and by far the Most Valuable Player this season but unfortunately had to leave for national duty just before the playoffs. The outcome of the IPL final could have been different had Stokes been there for Pune.Photo Credit: BCCIlast_img read more

Sadhana End of an era of style versatility and panache

first_imgAccredited as one of the most stylish actress of Bollywood in the late 1960s and 1970s, especially known for her “fringe hairstlye”, the reign of Sadhana Shivdesani, popularly known as Sadhana, will remain unmatched and motivational in the Indian entertainment industry.Sadhana passed away on Friday morning in Mumbai after a long battle with cancer, a family friend said. She was 74 and a widow, and is survived by her foster daughter. “Sadhana breathed her last at her home this morning,” said a close friend and BJP city spokesperson Shaina N.C. She joined filmdom as a child artiste in 1955 with a minor appearance in veteran actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s film Shree 420 in which she played a cameo role in the song Mud mud ke na dekh. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameLater on, in 1958, she acted in India’s first Sindhi language film Abaana playing a pivotal role, on a token payment of Re.1. When a promotional image of the movie appeared on the cover of a film magazine, it was noticed by a prominent producer, Sashadhar Mukherjee, and she joined his acting school afterwards. Amongst her highly appreciated works include Parakh, Hum Dono, Ek Musafir, Ek Hasina, Asli Naqli, Mere Mehboob (her first colour movie), Woh Kaun Thi, Rajkumar, Waqt, Aarzoo, Mera Saaya, Gaban, Ek Phool, Do Mali among many others.  Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnSadhana even tried her hands in directions with 1972 film Geeta Mera Naam. She is credited with introducing the famous “fringe” haircut – known as her trademark “Sadhana Cut” – and tight body-hugging churidar-kurtas as a much-copied fashion in Bollywood. Her look was inspired from Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. She voluntarily retired from Bollywood in 1994. Amongst her last major public appearances, Sadhana along with her relative and actor Randhir Kapoor walked the ramp at a fashion show in May 2014 to support the cause of cancer and AIDS patients.While her death undoubtedly can be considered as a big loss for the entertainment industry, many Bollywood stars including Lata Mangeshkar, Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma have mourned her tragic demise while sharing their feelings on micro-blogging site Twitter.last_img read more

Painkillers in pregnancy wont cause asthma in kids

first_imgTaking paracetamol or other painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for increase in the risk of asthma in children, finds a study of nearly 500,000 women. Although women taking paracetamol during pregnancy are more likely to have children with asthma, painkillers are not the cause of the risk. Rather it could be the result of chronic pain that the women suffer from, say researchers. “Our interpretation of this is that it’s less likely that drugs are responsible for the asthma. It seems another factor that we have not measured is linked to use of these drugs and asthma risk,” said lead author Seif Shaheen, Professor at the Queen Mary University of London. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”For example, women who are taking prescribed painkillers are likely to suffer from chronic pain,” Shaheen said. The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, found the risk of asthma in kids was similar when women had been prescribed opioids such, as codeine and tramadol or migraine medication. The increase in risk for asthma at five years of age was 50 per cent for paracetamol, 42 per cent for codeine and 48 per cent for migraine medication. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveElaborating more on the recently conducted study, Shaheen said, “Severe pain, and the stress that it causes, have profound effects on the body, including on levels of some hormones, and there is evidence for a link between high levels of mothers’ stress in pregnancy and increased risk of asthma in the offspring.” For the study, the team examined 492,999 mothers and their children. They looked at the data on prescriptions for different types of painkillers during pregnancy and compared it with the rate of asthma diagnosis in children. Researchers say results should give women reassurance to take painkillers during pregnancy when prescribed by a doctor, and that managing chronic pain during pregnancy is important.last_img read more