IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils to be without Angelo Mathews for better part of the season

Apart from hamstring injury, Angelo Mathews’ return will be delayed by calf strain. (Source: Reuters/File) Apart from hamstring injury, Angelo Mathews’ return will be delayed by calf strain. (Source: Reuters/File)

The Delhi Daredevils are unlikely to get the services of Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews for the better part of IPL as he is yet to recover fully from his hamstring injury.

Mathews is not a part of the Sri Lankan T20 side that will host Bangladesh in a two-match T20 series starting April 4 in Colombo.

Apart from hamstring injury, Mathews’ return will be delayed by calf strain.

“At this stage I think I can say Angelo will not play the T20s,” SLC cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha told ESPN Cricinfo.

“The IPL will be affected because he has to wait for the physio and the trainer to give him the green light. He has to be 100 percent fit. Angelo has to make that call with the physio, because if he’s not 100 percent fit, we will not let him go.”

SLC is reluctant to release Mathews unless he has fully recovered because they would like him to be available for the Champions Trophy in the UK in June.

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IPL 2017: In season of injuries, Rohit Sharma wants to put his season of injury behind

Rather than thinking what has happened, it is better to think how I am going to make myself ready. That is how I was thinking about all the time.”

Rohit Sharma Rather than thinking what has happened, it is better to think how I am going to make myself ready. That is how I was thinking about all the time.”Rohit Sharma

THE BUILD-UP to IPL 10 so far has been more about those who’ll miss out rather than those who will grace the stage for the big anniversary edition of the T20 extravaganza. But one familiar face will be using the glitzy platform to make a return to big-ticket cricket after a five-month layoff. And Rohit Sharma, who’s led Mumbai Indians to two title triumphs in the last five years, on Sunday sounded both relieved and excited to be back.

This was his first media appearance since suffering a harrowing injury back in late October, and we’re at a posh South Mumbai hotel where he’s flanked by new coach and fellow batting stylist, Mahela Jayawardene. But ask him about the injury and you can almost see him cringe while recalling the moment when he realized his home season was more or less done with. It led to him having to undergo thigh surgery in London that robbed him off some considerable playing time at a crucial stage in his international career. So much so that the sound that he heard while scrambling across for a single during the final ODI of the India-New Zealand series in Vizag, is still very vivid in his memory.

“I was scared when that happened. It’s something which has never happened to me. I heard a very loud noise while taking a run. I was a little scared until we got an MRI done, I did not know what to expect and what it was. But once everything was clear, once the days passed by, we spoke to a lot of doctors around the world and with Patrick (Farhart, the Indian team physio) as well, they all gave me the confidence saying it was not a major problem, it’s just a small injury that you need to go through,” he said.

A lot has changed since Rohit limped off around the time the lengthy home season was just about getting warmed up. India won every series across all formats, and consolidated their reign at the top of Test cricket for starters. A number of Australian players aren’t Kohli’s “friends” anymore and India has a new triple centurion, one who might not have played if Rohit had been fit. In many ways, Rohit will have to start afresh and the IPL, a tournament that he’s taken by storm with the bat very often, could be just the stage he needs to make his presence felt again. Rohit will obviously be a shoo-in for the Indian squad that will travel to England to defend the Champions Trophy in June. But having started off with a special series against New Zealand, which was one of his best in Test cricket, missing out on 10 Tests must have been debilitating, especially since he’s yet to make the longer format his own.

So it was only natural for him to not take too kindly to his rehab stint at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore being referred to as a “holiday” by one reporter. “I was not on holiday. I was in Bangalore (National Cricket Academy) if you want to call that as a holiday destination then you may,” he said before adding, “Most important thing at that moment is your mind-set. Rather than thinking what has happened, it is better to think how I am going to make myself ready. That is how I was thinking about all the time. It was tough to sit in the hotel room, watching the team play. It is always tough. But I guess you have to go through it. I have been through it many times before. These things happen. I was only focusing on how quicker I can get back on to the field.”

While most of the interaction was dominated by queries and responses to how Mumbai Indians are preparing and hoping to fare in the tenth edition of the IPL; the more poignant moments surrounded their long-standing captain’s inopportune injury and how he’s coped with it. But he didn’t quite agree with a suggestion that the layoff had set his career back a few steps. Said Rohit, “I don’t think so. I am just 29. Injuries are part and parcel. Five months of missing cricket does not do any bad. These things are bound to happen. Even in future, these things will happen. The focus is always on, if you get injures, to stay strong and come back stronger. I am looking forward. There is so much cricket coming up.”

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Mom sues for $112K over alleged Easter egg hunt injury

An Oregon mom is suing for negligence after an overcrowded Easter egg hunt allegedly led her to suffer serious injuries, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

Rachel Townsend of Hillsboro has filed a lawsuit against both the venue where the egg hunt took place and the event planning company that hosted the egg hunt. In the lawsuit, she claims the defendants should have known the activity would cause harm if not conducted safely and blames them for allegedly not controlling the crowd.

According to the lawsuit, Townsend attended the event called “The Hatter’s Easter Extravaganza” on March 26, 2016, at The Aerie at Eagle Landing in Happy Valley, hosted by event planning company Red Shoe Productions. Townsend said she paid admission for an egg hunt designed for smaller children, and brought along her son and niece.

The lawsuit states that as the hunt began, however, the field was rushed by older children and unregistered participants, causing Townsend to be separated from her niece. Townsend was then “pushed from behind and knocked to the ground,” causing her to be injured, according to the lawsuit.

She is suing for a total of $112,411, citing negligence and personal injuries. The lawsuit states that her injuries included a torn meniscus in her left knee, a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, sprains and strains. Townsend also alleges that she underwent surgery on her left knee and incurred $9,411 in medical expenses and lost wages totaling $3,000.

The hunt was “supposed to be limited to only those with children four years of age and under and those who had paid admission,” the lawsuit states.

Townsend’s attorney, Ryan Lee, has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

According to an event flyer posted by Red Shoe Productions, tickets for the “Eggstravaganza” were priced at $5 per person. The egg hunt for children ages 4 and under took place at 2 p.m, while the one for 5 to 8 years was at 2:30 p.m. and the one for ages 9 to 12 began at 3 p.m.

Townsend says in the lawsuit that unpaid guests participated in the event as well as children outside of the 4-and-under age group. Because of this, Townsend alleges that the event became overcrowded, creating a safety hazard. She also says that the defendants set up the egg hunt on a sloped and uneven surface, according to the lawsuit.

Cassandra Ashby, a mom of two from Oregon City, also attended “The Hatter’s Easter Extravaganza” in 2016. She described last year’s event as “a madhouse.”

“When we lined up for the egg hunt, my son was 5 at the time, and there were parents running out on the field opening the eggs,” Ashby told ABC News. “Only the kids were supposed to enter the area where the eggs were and there were parents that didn’t abide by that.”

Ashby said she was not positive if there were children outside of her son’s age group participating in his timeslot.

She said she is also unsure whether unpaid guests attended the event, but said it was “absolutely possible” to walk onto the golf course where the egg hunt took place without paying admission.

On the event’s Facebook page, a few other parents discussed their experiences.

“We had a great time!” one wrote.

“I saw adults with no kid near by [sic] picking up eggs right in front of my 2 year old.. really??” shared another. “We loved the characters though! The bunny arriving by helicopter was his favorite part.”

Townsend is suing for $100,000 in noneconomic damages in addition to the $12,411 for medical expenses and lost wages.

Both defendants, The Aerie at Eagle Landing and Red Shoe Productions, did not respond to ABC News’ requests for comments.

Townsend says in the lawsuit that the defendants were negligent in failing to provide sufficient personnel to conduct the Easter egg hunt safely.
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De Villiers will lead RCB if Kohli is absent: Vettori

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De Villiers will lead RCB if Kohli is absent: Vettori

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Virat Kohli picked up a shoulder injury during the RanchiTest against Australia. © BCCI

AB de Villiers will lead Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening stages of IPL 2017 if regular captain Virat Kohli fails to recover from his shoulder injury in time for the start of the tournament. While no timeline has been ascertained for Kohli’s return, Daniel Vettori, head coach of the franchise, told reporters of the succession plan in the eventuality of the star captain missing out.

“He (Kohli) will come in on April 2. Between now and then, the BCCI doctors and physio will speak to us and our medical staff will get a clearer picture. Right now, we don’t have a clear picture on his availability. We will know in the next few days,” Vetorri told reporters in Bengaluru.

“”The likely scenario is that AB de Villiers will take over the duties, but we’ll answer that once we find out if Virat is out,” Vettori added.

Kohli sustained an injury to his right shoulder while diving to save a boundary on the opening day of the Ranchi Test against Australia. The injury ruled the Indian captain out of the series decider in Dharamsala. In the aftermath of India’s series victory, Kohli informed that he was still a few weeks away from regaining full fitness.

“It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100% on the field,” Kohli said at the end of the Dharamsala Test. “But these things happen in your career. Got to take it in my strike and move forward.”

Kohli’s absence, brief or otherwise, should it come to that, is likely to significantly hamper RCB’s quest for a maiden IPL crown. The league’s all-time highest run-getter (4110 runs at 38.41) has missed just one game for the franchise in the nine years of the tournament’s existence. In 2016, Kohli aggregated a season record 973 runs in RCB’s run to the final, where his team was pipped at the finish by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

However, Vettori was quick to back RCB’s UP batsman Sarfaraz Khan and Punjab’s Mandeep Singh to step up in Kohli’s absence. “Fortunately, we have a number of exceptional batsmen who haven’t got many playing chances, like Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep Singh,” the former New Zealand skipper said.

“It’s a huge asset for us that someone else can fill in those gaps. Sarfaraz has been really good. At the back end of the domestic season he started to put some runs on the board. Everyone knows how talented he is. With possible injuries, he could get an opportunity early on in the tournament,” Vettori added.

RCB will get the tenth edition of IPL underway on April 5 in a rematch of last year’s final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

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R Ashwin set to miss IPL 2017

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R Ashwin set to miss IPL 2017

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R Ashwin is expected to be fit for the Champions Trophy in June © BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin, the Rising Pune Supergiant offspinner, is set to miss the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League after being ruled out for six to eight weeks with a sports hernia injury, it was reported on Friday(March 31).

Ashwin, who had the most number of overs in a Test season, having had played non-stop cricket since July, is set to start with rehabilitation soon and regain full fitness in time for India’s title defence at the Champions Trophy in June.

Ashwin’s exclusion doesn’t come as a complete surprise, given that he had first picked up the injury right after the England Tests in December. As a result, he also withdrew from the Tamil Nadu squad for the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Karnataka.

Across Test series’ against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia at home, the offspinner bowled 738.2 overs in 13 Tests and returned a record 82 wickets. Bowling in tandem with Ravindra Jadeja, they finished as the most successful bowling pair in a season with 153 scalps, averaging 24.14.

Ashwin’s absence will come as a mighty blow for RPS, whose tryst with injuries continue, having already lost Mitchell Marsh due to a shoulder injury. In the 2016 season, the offspinner picked up 10 wickets in 14 games for the Pune-based franchise.

Meanwhile, Murali Vijay is likely to join his Tamil Nadu and India teammate on the sidelines with shoulder and wrist concerns.

India physio Patrick Farhaart is expected to send across a report to the concerned franchises.

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Harry Kane will be fit before end of the season: Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Kane is the leading goal scorer for Spurs in the Premier League. Harry Kane is the leading goal scorer for Spurs in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is set to make a swift return from an ankle injury as manager Mauricio Pochettino expects the prolific striker to be available for selection before the end of the season.

Kane, the Premier League club’s leading marksman with 24 goals, sustained the injury during Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Millwall this month.

The north London side refused to put a time scale on the 23-year-old’s return but media reports had suggested he was set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“He will be fit before the end of the season and we believe he can be available in the near future,” Pochettino told reporters on Thursday. “…I cannot provide a time it will take for him to be available again, but I don’t think it will be too long.”

Pochettino, however, was not as optimistic about defender Danny Rose’s recovery from a knee injury. “He is probably a little bit behind Harry Kane, but we are positive. We need to wait to see what happens with the specialist,” he said.

Pochettino also said his meeting with Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu last week was a “coincidence” and ruled out ever managing the Spanish champions. He cited his love for their city rivals Espanyol, where he spent over a decade as a player and manager.

“I’ve known him (Bartomeu) for a long time. We spent five minutes together…and you know, the rumours after are impossible to stop. I love Espanyol and like now Tottenham for me, it would be impossible one day to move to Arsenal.”

Tottenham, who are second in the table, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, will look to extend their three-game winning streak when they travel to face 13th-placed Burnley on Saturday.

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Hodge tenders apology for comments on Kohli’s injury

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Hodge tenders apology for comments on Kohli’s injury

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“I take this opportunity to apologise to the cricket fans and particularly Kohli for my previous comments” – Hodge © AFP

Brad Hodge, the former Australian batsman, apologised to Virat Kohli for suggesting that he had pulled out of the crucial fourth Test match against Australia in Dharamsala, keeping in mind the rigours of the 10th edition of Indian Premier League, commencing on Wednesday (April 5).

Hodge, however, received criticism for suggesting that Kohli opted out of the Dharamsala Test to get himself ready for the IPL. The Gujarat Lions’ coach accepted that he may have erred in his judgement with regard to Kohli’s injury and posted an apology to the Indian captain and passionate cricket fans on his Twitter account.

“As a professional sportsperson who has represented his country, I certainly understand what it means to step out on a cricket field donning your nation’s colours. It is the highest honour a sportsperson can ask for,” Hodge wrote on Thursday (March 30).

“Keeping that in mind, I take this opportunity to apologise to the people of India, cricket fans, the Indian national cricket team and particularly Kohli for my previous comments. My intention was never to harm, criticise or be derogatory towards anyone. They were intended to be lighthearted comments with the utmost respect to the IPL which I have thoroughly enjoyed through the years.

“The public and fans have every right to be upset and the backlash I have received has certainly driven the point home. Again, I am deeply apologetic to the country which has bought (sic) me so much joy, and its inspirational leader in Kohli, to whom I mean no ill-intention and respect highly as professional,” he said.

pic.twitter.com/JHtVhXH7FH — Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) March 29, 2017

The Indian captain opted out of the series-decider, due to a shoulder injury that he sustained while fielding in the third Test in Ranchi. Hodge had stated that if it wasn’t a serious injury, then the Indian captain should have played the final Test, especially with the series deadlocked at 1-1. “You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight, and get in there. You’d hope, as a sportsman, that he’s seriously injured. Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for Royal Challengers Bangalore versus whoever … you’d be pretty dirty, if he didn’t front up to a Test match, and try and win a valuable series against Australia.”

Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain, had also slammed Hodge for asserting that Kohli may have missed the final Test in order to partake in the lucrative T20 tournament. “That’s absolutely not valid,” Gambhir had told CNN. “I feel that someone who’s playing for their country and captaining it would never want to miss a test match, and would definitely want to play for India more than any other tournament. That’s always been the case.

“Knowing Virat, he would have never done that and these people … look, if you want to be in the headline, you can say anything you want, and it’s just about making a headline or trying to get your name in the press by making such statements. If you don’t know the extent of the injury, you should not be talking about it.”

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Kohli wouldn’t want to risk injury by playing IPL: Whatmore

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Kohli wouldn’t want to risk injury by playing IPL: Whatmore

• Last updated on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017, 06:53 AM Shilarze Saharoy in Chennai

With the Champions Trophy coming up, Whatmore said he doubts if the RCB captain would want to risk his shoulder injury by playing a few extra matches in IPL. © BCCI

Battling against the odds, Australia surprised everyone with their grit and tenacity. Eventually, India prevailed 2-1 but former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore feels the visitors will leave with their heads held high.

Whatmore, 63, who has coached teams like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, on Tuesday (March 28) launched Trucoach CSS Whatmore Centre For Cricket and spoke on the effect IPL had on `cheatgate’ controversy, why Virat Kohli will not risk his injured shoulder in IPL and his own retirement from international coaching. Excerpts:

Australia put up a brave fight but lost eventually…

Tours of India have always been a challenge. But they played hard and won the first Test to everyone’s surprise. India prevailed in the end due to their mental toughness. You need mental strength to save a game or win a game in the second innings.The Aussies were up to it in Pune and Ranchi but they crumbled in the other two. India, on the other hand, fought a little bit longer. India have lost the toss thrice in the series and on most occasions, Australia put up a good total. So it has never been easy for India. But either [Cheteshwar] Pujara or [KL] Rahul or [Murali] Vijay showed patience to grind it out.

Do you think the Australians have mellowed down as they settled `cheatgate’ amicably?

Both the BCCI and CA showed good maturity by settling the issue amicably. I believe it was a complete brainfade and [Steve] Smith admitted his mistake. I don’t think it will ever happen again. A lot of Aussies also play in IPL. They know that they have to play in IPL and share the dressing room with some of the Indian players. That might also have mellowed down the players’ attitude.

With Champions Trophy coming up, is it advisable for Kohli to play in IPL?

No one really knows how bad Kohli’s shoulder is. As far as I know him, he doesn’t want to miss any game. So his shoulder must be really hurting that he didn’t play such an important Test. He must have also thought that since the Test was a decider, India needed someone who is 100 per cent fit and [hence] sat out. With India playing several important tournaments, one of them being Champions Trophy, I don’t think he would want to risk his injury by playing a few extra matches for RCB in the IPL.

Who has been the standout India performer in the series?

It has been Ravindra Jadeja. He was living in the shadow of R Ashwin all these days. But he has slowly emerged. He has learnt to be more patient. He has got a couple of subtle variations but then his strength has been line and length. A lot of left-arm spinners try out too many things. But Jadeja has been consistent and got the results for the team.

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Amitabh Bachchan And Gautam Gambhir Slam Brad Hodge For Suggesting Virat Kohli Faked Injury To Play IPL

Brad Hodge’s claim that Virat Kohli pulled out of the Dharamsala Test to rest ahead of the IPL has not gone down well with many people. Amitabh Bachchan and Gautam Gambhir responded in style as they backed Kohli.

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Big B took to social media to rubbish Hodge’s claims.

T 2477 – Brad Hodge says ‘Virat skipped 4th to play IPL’ .. RUBBISH ! he did it to tell you that his team can wallop you even without him ! pic.twitter.com/FVxFpYcgEq — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 27, 2017

Gambhir too came out in support of him and said that Hodge should not comment without knowing the extent of the injury.

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“That’s absolutely not valid. I feel that someone who’s playing for their country and captaining it would never want to miss a Test match and would definitely want to play for India more than any other tournament. That’s always been the case. Knowing Virat he would have never done that and these people, look if you want to be in the headline you can say anything you want and it’s just about making a headline or trying to get your name in the press by making such statements. If you don’t know the extent of the injury you should not be talking about it,” he said.
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