Tendulkar in Dubai to promote new film

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Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar was in Dubai on Sunday to promote his upcoming biographical film ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ that the 44-year-old promises will provide a unique peek into his extraordinary life on and off the field.

The movie will be released on May 25 in the UAE and fans will get to know what made Tendulkar tick as a person and player. With never-before-seen footage from Tendulkar’s personal archive, the movie will provide sports lovers an opportunity to witness the highs and lows of Tendulkar’s remarkable career in which he became the most prolific batsman in history, scoring 100 international centuries.

Encapsulating all that into a movie was no mean task and Tendulkar said reliving all those moments of his life was “special”.

“When I started recording for the movie, to relive all those moments was something special,” Tendulkar told Sport360 on Sunday.
“There were a few emotional moments where there were personal losses, and some unpleasant moments on the field. There were also some amazing moments that were the best cricketing days of my life. Reminiscing all those things was superb. To look back and think about 24 years, the package wasn’t a bad one.”



As expected, a lot of effort went into the movie with the creators going through more than 10,000 hours of footage to produce as complete a picture as possible of Tendulkar’s life.

“I have spoken about my childhood as well in the movie. From the age of five, all the way to my retirement. In that there were various chapters and we have tried to cover all of them. That package is 10,000 hours of archives and personal videos.

"I told the producer and director that it is their job to stitch things together to make sense of it all as expectations are very high. We have tried our best,” the World Cup winning batsman said.

His latest effort is in contrast to his persona during his playing days when Tendulkar guarded his thoughts and private life fiercely.

“I have been a private person. People know about it. But people also have high expectations. So when they leave the theatre, what do I leave with them is really important. That’s why we have added personal videos which the entire family felt comfortable sharing. It’s something the fans would never have seen.”


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Goswami's impressive numbers in ODIs.

Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami became the highest wicket-taker in the history of women’s One-Day Internationals [ODI] during the match against South Africa in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

Goswami came into the game just two wickets short of former Australian pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s record [180] and the Indian pacer’s brilliant bowling spell of 3-20 means that she is at the top of the list now.

On the back of Goswami and Shikha Pandey picking up three wickets each, India managed to beat South Africa by seven wickets after bowling out the hosts for just 119.

Since making her ODI debut in 2002, Goswami has been a cornerstone of the Indian cricket team. Her 181 wickets have come from 153 ODIs at an average of 21.76, with two five-wicket hauls to her name.

She captained the Indian team in 25 ODIs from 2008 to 2011.

In 2006, she produced one of her most memorable performances, taking a 10-wicket match haul to guide India to a historic Test series win over England in England. Following that, in September 2007, Goswami was named as the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.

She is also a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award [2010] and was bestowed with the Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian award in India – in 2012.

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Back in the reckoning: Dhawan.

India took their time to name their squad for their Champions Trophy.

In fact, for some time it wasn’t even clear if they will be participating in the tournament as the tussle with the ICC over the new finance and governance model threatened to strain relations between the Indian board and world cricket’s governing body. But the decks have been cleared for India to defend the title they won in 2013.

The 15-member squad selected for the tournament starting in England next month doesn’t have too many surprises in it. In fact, it’s the lack of ‘new’ faces in the squad that has stood out.

The Indian selectors have played it safe and gone with tried and tested players given that the conditions in England require experienced heads.

However, some batsmen are not in the best of form and that is a major concern. With KL Rahul still nursing a shoulder injury the selectors opted for Shikhar Dhawan. But Dhawan is not the same player of 2013 who smashed 363 runs from five games in that editions of the Champions Trophy and played a pivotal role in India’s title run. Dhawan is not a regular member of the Indian team in all formats and in fact has only played two international matches – ODIs against England – in the past six months.

Rohit Sharma walks back into the team despite having been out of it for five months and playing only competitive cricket in the IPL.

Manish Pandey has been added to the team to beef up the batting, which now looks on shaky ground as Virat Kohli has suddenly hit a rough patch with the bat in the IPL following his hurried return from a shoulder injury. Therefore, the onus of holding the innings together will fall on the shoulders of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in case the top order doesn’t fire.

The selectors could have picked wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant as the x-factor player just to add some zest to the mix as he looks on top of his game with the bat. He has been kept on standby along with Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik but in a short tournament like the Champions Trophy where a team will play five matches at the most, it is highly unlikely they will be required.

The bowling is in good hands with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja in fine fettle. Mohammed Shami is returning from injury while Ravi Ashwin is on a break. But Shami has proven his fitness in the IPL so should be good to go because he has shown that he can hit the right lines immediately.

India have picked batsmen who have delivered in the past but look a bit uncertain about their game at the moment. They will travel to England with more than a few questions swirling in their heads.

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