Virat Kohli hints at Hardik Pandya’s debut in Galle Test

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli has hinted at Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the playing XI in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting Wednesday, saying that the all-rounder has a “great chance of playing”.”We got a guy like Hardik Pandya, who has a knack of picking wickets. He has a great chance of playing as well. That gives us the balance. The extra batsman gives us more solidarity,” said Kohli on the eve of the first Test during the presser. (Team India dons new jersey for photoshoot ahead of Galle Test)When asked if Rohit Sharma could open the innings in absence of both the regular openers, the Indian skipper replied in negative and said: “Rohit has never opened in a Test cricket and we don’t see that kind of experiment happening here because we have specialist openers in the team and they will obviously be starting this game.”The 28-year-old also said that it was unfortunate that after Murali Vijay, KL Rahul was also ruled out of the Galle Test with viral fever.”Rahul is unfortunately down with fever. Luckily, it is not anything serious. So he will get back in a few days,” he said.”KL is a very established player for us, a very solid player. These kinds of scenarios present other players in the team with an opportunity to step up,” he added.Kohli also insisted that the team was not looking at the series as a launchpad, but is focused about playing consistently.”We don’t see any series as a launchpad but it is about playing consistently. We realise what needs to be done. We are humble in our preparation and are willing to do ever hard yards every game we play,” he said.advertisement”The next phase of cricket for us is going to be challenging but we believe we have the kind of skills available to face the challenge,” he added.The star Indian batsman also exuded confidence ahead of the series and that all they need to do is fine tune small areas of concern.”I don’t think there are any massive areas of concern for us. We have been looking to fine tunes in smaller areas during the course of the game which probably people might not pick up also, that can lead us to a situation which is not ideal.”The Indian team would be keen to avenge their loss at the Galle in 2015 when they were bowled out for 112 while chasing 176 on Day 4.What better to live moments which i often fantasized as a growing kid! The Paramount to represent India in whites. #livingthedream #SLvIND hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 25, 2017last_img read more

Can Alexis play for Man Utd in UCL?

first_imgA. Sánchez Will Alexis Sanchez be available to play for Man Utd in the Champions League? Ronan Murphy 02:23 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Champions League Trophy Composite Getty A. Sánchez Manchester United Sevilla v Manchester United UEFA Champions League The Chilean attacker joined the Red Devils having already lined out for Arsenal in the Europa League, with Jose Mourinho set to decide his squad Alexis Sanchez played once for Arsenal in the Europa League this season, leaving many Manchester United fans wondering is he eligible to line out for his new side in the Champions League.Injury meant the Chile international could only play in the Gunners’ win over Cologne, scoring the second goal as they came from behind to record a 3-1 victory.UEFA rules would prevent Sanchez from lining out from another team in the Europa League, but luckily for United, that 90 minutes against the Germans in September does not rule him out of featuring in the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho still needs to select Sanchez in his squad for the knockout stage of the tournament. Rule 43.01 states that “For all matches from the start of the round of 32, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition.”Only one of these new players can be a player that has already participated in the Europa League this season, and no player that has played in the Champions League for another club in 2017-18 can be part of the knockout stage squad with a new team.Mourinho must submit his updated squad list of 25 players by midnight CET on February 1, the day after the transfer window closes. Sanchez will replace a member of Manchester United’s original squad list, with James Wilson a possible choice due to his loan transfer to Sheffield United.Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also part of the squad for the group stage, and his move to Arsenal means that Mourinho will have another spot to fill for the rest of the Champions League campaign.Sanchez has a good record in the Champions League, having played for both Barcelona and Arsenal in the competition. He made four continental starts in his debut season after moving to Camp Nou from Udinese, netting two goals.His best return in the Champions League came in 2014-15 when he scored four times for the Gunners and netted three times in each of the following two seasons.The 29-year-old could make his Champions League debut for Manchester United on February 21 against Sevilla as the Red Devils travel to Spain for the first leg of their round of 16 encounter.last_img read more