De Bruyne: “If not playing avoids problems, better not come back”

first_imgConsequences: “Waiting so long to make a decision can cause problems for next season. It’s not that we have a very long summer vacation and we can postpone everything. I would regret stopping early after such a good season, but if you avoid problems for next year, It must be done. “How you wear insulation: “I’m not used to being at home. It’s the first time since I was 14 years old that I spend days at home. Normally, as always, you have that daily routine and the equipment you work with. Now you don’t see those people anymore I miss that contact. “training: “I recently bought a treadmill, with which I do six or seven kilometers a day. I spend a lot of time with my children and I see that they get very close to each other because they have to be entertained. That is nice and the most important thing is that everyone is healthy. “Coronavirus: “In my house there were symptoms two weeks ago. First my little son was sick, then the oldest and then my wife. We have no idea if they had the coronavirus, but we isolated ourselves and now we are all back.” Kevin de Bruyne has given an interview in the Belgian media HLN in which he has talked about the possibility of not playing again this season. The Manchester City midfielder does not rule out that option and, in fact, considers it to be the most correct in case returning is a problem for next season. Competition return: “I don’t know if we will continue playing. Also in England they want to wait as long as possible to make a decision. But as a footballer that is not so evident. Being inactive for six weeks usually requires a preparation of three or four weeks. If we restart immediately, all the players will be in the infirmary after some matches. That may not be their intention, but there is a lot of money involved … “.last_img read more

Smith-led Supergiants look to start on winning note against MI

first_img× However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. File Photo   –  The Hindu However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2017 Mumbai is one team that has not been ravaged by injuries. With a new captain in place, Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) would look to make amends for a poor last season but have a tough opening battle at hand against two-time former champions Mumbai Indians (MI) here tomorrow.Pune decided to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Steve Smith in the leadership role.Under Dhoni, who has only played as skipper in the previous nine Indian Premier League editions, Pune could win just five matches in their debut season last year.While Dhoni would be desperate to prove a point with his blazing blade — a fitting reply for being stripped off captaincy, Smith will look to forget Australia’s 1-2 loss against India in a draining Test series recently.Dhoni might have led the now defunct team Chennai Super Kings exceedingly well in the past but proving his worth as a player with the new franchise is a challenge that the former India captain will be more than keen to conquer.However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore, and his performance with both the bat and ball will be equated with his hefty pay package.Smith and Faf du Plessis both got injured the last time but they would like to make amends in this edition of the cash-rich tournament.The Supergiants will be banking on Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 480 runs at 43.63 with six fifties in the last edition, to come good with the bat again.In the absence of star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda will spearhead the team’s bowling.The rather weak Pune bowling attack would have its task cut out against a strong Mumbai batting line-up.Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma’s form at the top will be important, while Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler’s big hits, and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh’s guile would decide how the team would fare tomorrow.Mumbai are one team that has not been ravaged by injuries. This will allow them to pick from a talented pool of overseas and Indian cricketers, including Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Lasith Malinga, who is expected to join the team tomorrow, Mitchell McClenaghan, Parthiv Patel and Jasprit Bumrah among others.Having finished fifth in the previous season, Mumbai would not leave any stone unturned to make the top-four in this edition under new coach Mahela Jayawardene, who has taken over from highly successful Ricky Ponting.Teams SHAREcenter_img Published on cricket April 05, 2017 Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (Capt), MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Ashok Dinda, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa. PTI CM PM PM 04051346 COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more