PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds

first_imgView comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Vietnam ruled the event with 8.43, while Thailand was second with 8.37. Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I said to myself I will avenge my defeat,” said a teary-eyed Reyes after it was clear that they won the gold. Malaysia was second and Indonesia was third (8.04).Reyes, earlier, vied for gold but ended up with bronze in the men’s individual event which the Malaysian took.The trio won bronze in the World Championships in 2014 before bagging the 2015 SEA Games gold in Singapore.“We are very happy because we worked very hard for it,” said Dustin who along with the team also won bronze in the 2016 World Championships in Peru and this year’s Korea Open.The women’s team of Jocel Lyn Ninobla, Rinna Babanto and Juvenille Faye Crisostomo in poomsae won bronze in the event with a score of 8.27.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippine poomsae team of (L to R) Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella performs its routine in the finals of men’s poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines scored a gold medal in taekwondo men’s team poomsae via defending champion Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.Completing a routine with grace and snap, the Philippines accumulated 8.40 points to overcome title favorite Malaysia (8.34).ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Former world champion Rani Ortega hugged the three jins, whom she had mentored after the scores were flashed on the screen of the KLCC Hall 1.It was a big relief for the Philippine taekwondo team here as Malaysian competitors were getting scores deemed too high for their performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We didn’t play like we are the defending champion. We still worked on it like this was our first time,” said Dustin.Dustin and Raphael won the same event in 2013 with a different teammate, and the 2015 edition with Reyes in tow. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Nextlast_img read more

Black fears de Ocampo out of finals with calf injury

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco finally won after dropping Games 1 and 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals but lost its starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo in the process.De Ocampo hurt his left calf in the first four minutes of Game 3 and did not return.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next De Ocampo, who was acquired by the Bolts this conference, is averaging 9 points per game in the finals.Fortunately for Meralco, Reynel Hugnatan stepped up with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from downtown. And by the looks of it, Bolts head coach Norman Black fears de Ocampo could miss the remainder of the series.“We have a little bit of bad news, I think we probably lost Ranidel for the rest of the series with the calf injury,” said Black after Meralco beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ll have him checked by a doctor but he doesn’t look very good right now,” he added.The 35-year-old de Ocampo has been a vital piece to Meralco’s finals run and his absence is a big blow to the team’s bid to win the franchise’s first championship. MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Black blasts Cone after post-game spat View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

Pierce joins Celtics legends as team retires his No. 34

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Former Boston Celtics Paul Pierce holds the NBA championship trophy that he won with the team during a ceremony to retire his number following a basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.“The Truth” doesn’t have to dream about that day anymore.ADVERTISEMENT “This is just a special day,” Pierce said afterward. “If I never make the Hall of Fame or anything, to go up in the rafters as a retired number for the Celtics — that’s just enough. That’s enough for me. … When you’re forever with the Celtics, you’re forever.”The 40-year-old Pierce retired after last season. He tops the Celtics’ all-time lists in 3-pointers made (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).He is Boston’s second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 points, trailing only John Havlicek. His 15 seasons also trail only Havlicek’s 16 for the longest stint with the team.Current Celtics players gathered to watch the ceremony, and legends including Robert Parish, Cedric Maxwell and Tom “Satch” Sanders sat on the court.Pierce credited his mother, Lorraine Hosey, and brothers Jamal and Steve Hosey, for inspiring him.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I just think it always cements it. When you win a title you become a main man, and that made Paul,” Rivers said. “He would have had this night regardless of winning the title, but winning the title makes this day pretty special.”A touching moment came near the end of Pierce’s speech when his son, Prince, placed a No. 34 cap atop the 2008 trophy.“I did the trifecta,” Pierce said. “I left a legacy. I had my high school jersey retired. My college jersey retired. But there’s no greater honor than having your NBA jersey retired for the Boston Celtics.” Rusty Serena defeated on long-awaited return Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Celtics retired Pierce’s No. 34 on Sunday following the Celtics’ 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He became the 23rd person in franchise history to have his number or name enshrined by the Celtics organization.The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the game, Pierce, clad in a green plaid blazer, entered the court via the newly named Paul Pierce Players’ Tunnel. The team said the tunnel, featuring Pierce’s signature, will serve as a reminder to current and future players of what “being a Celtic” means.When his jersey was raised, Pierce was serenaded with chants of “Thank You, Paul Pierce!” “It starts at home. It starts where you come from,” Pierce said.He later cried when acknowledging his wife, Julie, and their three children.Pierce sat next to the 2008 championship trophy as the team showered him with tributes.Along with having his number retired, Pierce also received a framed replica of the banner that his No. 34 will be added to, a Rolex watch, a piece of the Celtics’ parquet floor and a stained-glass backboard adorned with his number.A weekend of festivities in honor of Pierce began with a private dinner hosted by the Celtics on Saturday night. Parish attended along with several of Pierce’s former teammates, including Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty, Brian Scalabrine and Leon Powe.Pierce said the honors reminded him of how much he sacrificed during his career. He said being a Celtic was “meant to be.”During the game, the Celtics showed video segments that highlighted Pierce’s basketball journey. The clips went as far back as his Inglewood High School days and included interviews with friends, family and former teammates.There were also surprise recorded tributes from NBA greats Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. Pierce smiled as Bryant said in his message that Pierce made “all the Celtics legends proud.”Pierce sat courtside with his family and Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers and teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo — all part of the 2008 title run — sat together nearby.Rivers told the crowd about conversations he and Pierce used to have about the day his number would be retired. He said the 2008 championship solidified Pierce’s status as an all-time great in Boston. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more

FEU stuns NU behind prized recruit

first_imgTamaraws coach Olsen Racela, however, still feels there’s plenty of room for improvement for FEU.“Playing a team like NU is always a good opportunity to gauge where we are and we know we have a lot of things to work on before the UAAP begins,” said Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSan Beda, meanwhile, routed University of the East, 68-55, for its second victory. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-Canadian recruit RJ Ramirez showcased his mettle as Far Eastern University kept its sharp form to stun National U, 88-77, for its third straight victory in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.Ramirez gave the Tamaraws a huge lift with 15 points and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacman finding his groove View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas

first_imgMOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “He has been showing up earlier to our kids and teens classes, to interact with them and instill values of loyalty, commitment and camaraderie,” according to a letter dated Thursday and signed by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh. “… He is undoubtedly the greatest role model for the kids in our gym, and for the people of Ireland of all ages.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplined McGregor and Nate Diaz after the men and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually hurled water bottles at an Aug. 17 press conference ahead of UFC 202. McGregor’s original penalties consisted of a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. That was reduced in March to 25 hours and a $25,000 fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLast week, however, neither McGregor nor Mayweather held back on profanities and exchanged racially insensitive and homophobic remarks during a four-city promotional tour for their upcoming fight in Las Vegas.Mayweather at one point used a homophobic slur during a tirade against McGregor. LATEST STORIES The comments, which can be found online, are likely to be remembered — and possibly imitated — by children who see them, said Dorothy Espelage, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and an expert on bullying.“He has to recognize that these kids look up to him, that they will imitate him, and he needs to check himself,” she said, referring to McGregor. “He was a wonderful opportunity to deliver a message, but he can’t be speaking out of both sides of his mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Wizards’ Wall inks 4-year, $170 m extension View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor twice told Mayweather “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during the news conferences. That’s an insult to black men that dates back to slavery.Per regulations, the athletic commission may fine or discipline an individual licensed to fight in the state of Nevada if the person behaves “at any time or place in a manner which is deemed by the Commission to reflect discredit to unarmed combat.”Executive director Bob Bennett told The Associated Press on Friday that the athletic commission “in no way, shape or form condones homophobic, racist or inappropriate sexual comments,” but the board does not plan to take disciplinary action against Mayweather and McGregor “at this point.”He said the board would investigate and consider appropriate action if unsportsmanlike conduct that could physically hurt someone took place in Las Vegas, such as when bottles were thrown during the McGregor-Diaz press event.The remarks from Mayweather and McGregor were condemned on social media last week, including by LGBT activists and organizations.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor gestures during a news conference at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAS VEGAS — UFC star Conor McGregor has completed the 25 hours of community service imposed by Nevada officials following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas.A document obtained by The Associated Press shows McGregor talked with children and teenagers in Dublin about physical, verbal and online bullying. But anti-bullying experts say his efforts may have been canceled out by the profanities he recently exchanged with his next opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr., for which neither will be disciplined.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Karthikeyan returns to F1 with Hispania

first_imgKarthikeyan will race for Hispania for the full season.After a five- year gap, Narain Karthikeyan made his return to Formula One. The ace Indian driver announced on Thursday that he has signed a contract with Hispania Racing Team ( HRT) for the 2011 season.Karthikeyan last raced in an F1 car in 2005 with Jordan and later test- drove for the Williams team in 2006 and 2007.Karthikeyan, 33, was elated with the development and was looking forward to fulfilling his dream of driving at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. ” I have worked really hard to return to F1 and it will be a dream come true to race in the first ever F1 race in India. I am delighted to be racing again in F1. I have always maintained that I have not given up on my desire to return to the top level of motor sport. I am confident that I have the pace, the fitness and the will to succeed. I am extremely grateful to the Tata Group, without whose unwavering support, this comeback would not have been possible. I have a long standing relationship with Kolles and can’t wait for the season to start,” he added.The Spanish outfit’s team boss Colin Kolles said: ” It is a great pleasure for us to have signed Narain. I have known Narain for a long time and he can revert to the experiences he gained when he was competing for Jordan and being test and reserve driver for Williams,” said the German, who was the team principal of Jordan when Karthikeyan made his F1 debut.advertisementAfter his F1 stint in 2005, Narain dabbled with other competitive series. From 2007 until 2009, he drove for Team India in the A1GP and won in China and Britain. In 2009, he raced for the Kolles Audi Team in the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24- Hour race, where he was the first- ever Indian participant.Last year, he crossed the Atlantic and raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the US. There, he was adjudged the ‘ Most Popular Driver’. Market sources say Karthikeyan’s sponsors, led by the TATAs, have promised to raise ?8 million for HRT. It must be mentioned here that M AIL T ODAY had reported Karthikeyan will definitely race at the Indian GP because of solid sponsors’ backing. Interestingly, he started with a backof- the- grid team in 2005 ( Jordan) and again goes to back- of- the- grid team.Hispania, too, have made a smart marketing move. They began with an Indian driver last year – Karun Chandhok – and will have an Indian at the October 30 Indian GP. Narain will do a pre- season test in Valencia, Spain, in February.Hispania have improved their resources and have entered some strong technical partnerships for the 2011 season.Though they finished at the back of the grid last season, the Spanish outfit are expecting a change of fortune this time around with new gearbox deals with Williams.Narain’s manager Yohann Setna said the Indian will race for the entire season.” The team is financially stable after they attracted some Spanish investors. Narain’s sponsors are also completely committed for a longer run,” added Yohann.” HRT will participate with an upgraded version of their 2010 chassis, mated to the legendary Cosworth engine, and a gearbox sourced from Williams. It is the extraordinary F1 experience of Williams Grand Prix Engineering and the reliability of their cars that prompted HRT to take this positive step forward to become competitive on the Formula One grid,” Yohan said.The inaugural Indian GP is slated for October 30 and with the announcement of Karthikeyan’s return to Formula One, motorsport fans in country will definitely have a lot to look forward to.FACT FILE2005: The 33- year- old made his Formula One debut with Jordan and managed points at the US GP2007- 09: Was the lead driver for Team India in the A1 GP. He won in Zhuhai, China and Brands Hatch, UK2010: Participated at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series2011: Returned to F1 after signing a deal with Hispania Racing Teamlast_img read more

Air India staff threaten strike over salaries, airlines’ turnaround plans

first_imgAs many as 31,000 employees of the merged entity Air India (AI) have come together to demand an immediate meeting with Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi over the payment of their salaries and the airline’s turnaround plans.At least 10 associations and unions of the beleaguered carrier have individually written to the minister seeking an appointment in this regard and threatened to strike work across the country if issues concerning salaries and the airline’s turnaround plan are not addressed.Employees claimed that they have not been paid salaries for May and not been given their performance-linked incentives, which constitutes more than 60 per cent of their salaries, since March.Read how Air India accumulated its debt Vayalar Ravi said that 1,600 AI pilots drew a combined salary of about Rs 800 crore in a year and another Rs 800 crore was given out as the combined salary of the 28,000-odd other employees of the airline.The ailing airline has asked for another tranche of Rs 2,000 crore as equity in the next financial year to repay its massive debt. Its current long-term debt for aircraft acquisition is Rs 22,500 crore and its working capital loan is around Rs 17,000 crore.The government has till now injected Rs 1,200 crore and Rs 800 crore in two tranches in 2009-10, raising the national carrier’s equity base to Rs 2,145 crore. However, the Centre is unlikely to make further equity infusion as the airline management has been at loss to explain its position on the turnaround plan for 2010-14 that envisages revenue enhancement and expenditure reduction in phases.Blog: The Maharaja’s Advocate The airline has largely failed to initiate the turnaround plan that was initiated in August and called for a cut in costs by Rs 1,500 crore and increasing revenues by Rs 1,200 crore by the end of 2012.AI, which made losses of Rs 7,200 in 2009-10, Rs 5,548 crore in 2008-09 and Rs 2,226.16 crore in 2007-08, anticipates major losses in 2010-11.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

America’s 15-year-old Katie Ledecky claims gold in 800m freestyle

first_imgAmerica’s 15-year-old freestyle prodigy Katie Ledecky blew away the field for gold in the women’s 800m freestyle at the Olympics on Friday.Ledecky clocked an American record of eight minutes, 14.63 seconds to claim the title, as Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain snatched the silver four seconds back.”I figured I was going pretty fast. At one point I thought, if I’m gonna be close to this record I don’t even care. I just want to get my hand on the wall first,” Ledecky said.Britain’s defending champion and world record holder Rebecca Adlington couldn’t live with the pace, fading from silver position to settle for bronze in 8:20.32.Garcia spoke of her shock at overtaking Alington at the death.”I let the other girls go a little bit ahead but not too much,” she said. “Actually, when I was overtaking Adlington, I thought, ‘What is happening here?”Adlington also took the bronze in Sunday’s 400m freestyle, won by Camile Muffat of France.She admitted the weight of expectation was hard to cope with.”The pressure has been hard to deal with over the past four years, no other Brit has ever won two gold medals,” she said.”I am not disappointed I have got a bronze medal so there is nothing to be ashamed of, what I am disappointed more in is the time,” Adlington said.last_img read more

World T20: Viru sacrificed for team balance

first_imgThere are many factors that might have contributed to MS Dhoni taking an uncharacteristically tough decision on the playing XI for the game against Australia. After all, Virender Sehwag is a hard man to be dropped from the line-up in any format. While announcing his decision to play five bowlers at the pre-match press conference on Thursday, Dhoni had admitted it was “definitely one of the toughest decisions that I’ve taken so far” in his five-year captaincy stint. But while he hadn’t revealed that it was Sehwag who was to sit out, the Delhi swashbuckler’s practice schedule over the past three days had given a hint that he was not the team’s first priority. He didn’t bat on Tuesday, was among the last to pad up on Thursday, and sandwiched in between was his one solid net session in almost a week. Dhoni and Sehwag have had their differences in the past, which came to the fore most notably on the ill-fated tour Down Under earlier this year, on the issue of rotating senior players at the top of the order. But to cite those differences as the reason for dropping Sehwag would be taking things a bit too far. The decision to drop Sehwag and go in with three spinners was made easier for Dhoni him out of the team. Even when he does play, Sehwag averages just 21.75 in internationals, having scored just 348 runs in 17 matches. The strike rate might still be an excellent 149.35, but he has just two 50s to his name. He has been out of form for a while across formats now, and his fitness – never a strong point – has forced India to hide him in the field. But perhaps the biggest factor in Dhoni’s decision was this – with the Premadasa pitch assisting his spinners against England and predicted to get slower, it wasn’t too much of a gamble to go in with five bowlers, including all three of the spinners in the squad. At the very worst, the other six specialist Indian batsmen had shown enough form and firepower to post above-average totals, something that the team was now in a position to defend, given the insurance against one of the bowlers having an off day.advertisementlast_img read more