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I am sure team management will give youngsters long run: Shikhar Dhawan

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Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday expressed optimism that the team management will give the youngsters a fair run to establish themselves going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.


Captain Virat Kohli recently made it clear that the youngsters will have to prove themselves in the “four or five” opportunities they get.


“(While) trying out youngsters, it is good to give them a good run because when new players come in, it takes time for them to express themselves. Young boys are taking these opportunities with both hands. I am sure the team management will give them a longer run,” Dhawan said on the eve of the third T20 International on Sunday.


He said the senior players are “always open” to helping their younger teammates like Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant, who is currently battling indifferent form.


Seen as one with a bright future after Test tons in demanding English and Australian conditions, Pant is now feeling the heat for his shot-selection and temperament, with some calling for the inclusion of Sanju Samson or Ishan Kishan at his expense.


“Any time, any youngster wants to discuss something with us, we are always open to help them, always there for them,” Dhawan told reporters on the eve of the third T20 International against South Africa.


“For senior players like us, say someone like Rishabh comes in to bat or Shreyas coming in, we make sure we do the communication with them and make sure they are comfortable and not nervous. We make them think what is needed at that particular moment,” he said.


Dhawan added: “That’s what we do even when I am batting with Rohit or Virat, we keep discussing and that is very important. Communication is very, very important.”

He hoped that youngsters will get a decent run to prove their mettle in international cricket.


The southpaw said the ongoing series against the Proteas and matches scheduled in the near future will be the perfect platform for youngsters such as Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar to build their confidence in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.


Both players have impressed in recent times with their performance and attitude.


“Washington is bowling really good, giving us the breakthroughs and also choking the batsmen. He has got very good control and variety as well.


“Even Deepak Chahar, he swings the ball both ways and at the same time, he has pace as well. It is the perfect platform for them to perform and build the confidence for the T20 World Cup,” Dhawan said.


The senior batsman, whose World Cup in England was cut short by an injury, looked in fine touch during his match-winning partnership with skipper Virat Kohli in the second T20 against South Africa at Mohali.


“I have been playing well. I got a break and came back and even in West Indies, I didn’t score many runs, but I was middling the ball nicely. For me, it’s normal, it happens, four-five innings can go here and there. I know that my process is very strong, I am a keen observer of whatever I am doing.


“I will make sure I do everything in a detailed manner, and yes, sometimes some strategies don’t go your way, sometimes they do. It is part of the journey, I have always backed myself, I know the hard work I have put in, and I know that things will go good for me.



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Pro Kabaddi 2019, Semifinal 2: All you need to know about Bengal Warriors

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Bengal Warriors will be coming into the semifinal 2 of Pro Kabaddi after a rest of six days and will be rearing to face U Mumba at Eka Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday. U Mumba are on a five match unbeaten streak and entered semifinal after a comfortable win over Haryana Steelers in Eliminator 1.




PKL 2019: Bengal Warriors record

Win: 14

Lost: 5

Tie: 3




Best Raider – Maninder Singh

Maninder Singh is among the 5 raiders to score 200-plus raid points and one of the four raiders to average above 10 raid points this season. Maninder’s Do or Die raid strike rate of 80 is the second best among raiders, who have gone for a minimum of 20 D-o-D raids. However, Bengal Warriors are not entirely dependent on Maninder as the support raiders in Prapanjan, Nabibakhsh and Sukesh Hegde have contributed 47 per cent, while Maninder’s contribution was 43 per cent of team’s raid points.




Best Defender – Baldev Singh

Baldev Singh is on the verge of reaching 100 overall points in his second Pro Kabaddi League season. His average of 2.59 tackle points is already much better than his 1.33 tackle point average in Season 6. Sitting second in the list of most High 5s (6) in the season, Baldev could prove to be a big threat to U Mumba’s raiding unit – Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal.


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Pro Kabaddi 2019 Live score: Delhi take on Bengaluru in semifinal 1 today

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In today’s Pro Kabaddi 2019 match, the semifinal 1 will be played between Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls at the Eka Arena TranStadia, Ahmedabad. In semifinal 2, Bengal Warriors will lock horns with U Mumba at same venue. The Delhi vs Bengaluru kabaddi match will begin at 7:30 pm IST.
 

Pro Kabaddi 2019 playoffs, Semifinal 2: U Mumba vs Bengal Warriors live streaming details

The U Mumba vs Bengal Warriors kabaddi match will begin at 8:30 pm IST after the first match ends. Kabaddi fans can catch Pro Kabaddi 2019 live action on Star Sports 1 and 2 and Star Sports 1 and 2 HD with English commentary, and on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. You can also live stream kabaddi matches on Hotstar.

 
Stay tuned for Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba and Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls live match score here.

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: All you need to know about U Mumba ahead of semi-final 2

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In the semifinal 2 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, U Mumba will lock horns with Bengal Warriors at EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday. U Mumba had a shaky start of their PKL 2019 campaign but they managed to enter the playoffs with some brilliant defending skills of their corners – Sandeep Narwal and Fazel Atrachali. They entered in the playoffs with a four match unbeaten streak and continued their superb form in the Eliminators. They thrashed UP Yoddha 46-38.




PKL 2019: U Mumba record

Win: 13

Lost: 8

Tie: 2




Best Raider: Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh has emerged as a lead raider for U Mumba, scoring 16 raid points in the Eliminator and completed 150 raid points this season. He has scored nine Super 10s, including three Super raids at an average of 7.55. Abhishek was ably supported by a young raider Arjun Deshwal, who scored 15 raid points in the Eliminator 2 against Haryana Steelers.


Best defender: Fazel Atrachali

U Mumba skipper Fazel Atrachali has six tackle points against Bengal with just three unsuccessful tackles. In contrast, Surinder Singh has 10 unsuccessful tackles and just four tackle points (tackle strike rate 29). Sandeep Narwal hasn’t been able to establish himself against Bengal. Fazel Atrachali is at the top of the PKL 2019 defenders leaderboard with 81 tackle points in 23 matches.


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