Sachin Tendulkar says rest of cricketing world yet to ‘figure out’ India’s spin duo

India legend Sachin Tendulkar has been praising spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. (REUTERS)
Updated 17 February 2018
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Sachin Tendulkar says rest of cricketing world yet to ‘figure out’ India’s spin duo

LONDON: India legend Sachin Tendulkar is confident that Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will play a major role in the country’s performance on overseas pitches because the rest of the cricketing world is “yet to figure out” a method to counter the two young wrist spinners.
Speaking at an event called ‘The Huddle’, the leading Test run scorer said: “When it comes to batting, we speak about the number of runs scored but India are also winning matches during those middle overs where the two wrist spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal) are bowling, which is obviously heart-warming because one did not get to see wrist spinners much few months back.
“I think they have been bowling well in tandem. It is fantastic because how to play them is something which the rest of the world is yet to figure out,” the legendary batsman added.
“I think they have been bowling well in tandem. I think it is fantastic because that is something which the rest of the world is yet to figure out how to play them,” the legendary batsman added.
But Tendulkar said that Virat Kohli and his side should win as many matches as possible before opposition teams get wise to combating their skill.
The games leading Test run-scorer said: “They (rival teams) are trying to figure out what are the right options to score runs against them. What is the right option to survive. What are the options to — how do we block and those kind of things . But before they figure out we should try and win as many matches.”


Egypt in surprise bid to be new African Cup host

Updated 14 December 2018
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Egypt in surprise bid to be new African Cup host

  • Egypt’s bid came after Morocco said this week it wouldn’t put itself forward as a candidate
  • Cameroon lost being the host of the Cup because of poor preparations and a violent insurgency in parts of that country

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association says it has submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as next year’s African Cup of Nations host, a surprise pitch by the North African country which wasn’t initially thought of as a contender.
Egypt’s bid, announced Thursday to meet Friday’s deadline, came after Morocco said this week it wouldn’t put itself forward as a candidate. Morocco had been considered the front-runner after being a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup. It lost out in that race to a joint United States-Mexico-Canada bid.
The Confederation of African Football has given countries until the end of Friday to submit bids for the 2019 African Cup, which was taken away from Cameroon last month because of poor preparations and a violent insurgency in parts of that country. CAF wants a new host in place by Dec. 31, with the tournament in June and July looming.
South Africa is another possible stand-in host, but the South African Football Association hasn’t confirmed it will bid and says it needs government approval before any decision.