Sports Round Up: Wimbledon, World Cup, Test Cricket & Ramadan
England Vs India Test Series 2014
The pressure will be cranked up on the under-performing England team next week when India come to town for the start of the Test series. I am tipping MS Dhoni’s side to win the series as England have failed to learn from the mistakes of the miserable Ashes winter.
In the Test series defeat to Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook’s captaincy remained too cautious in deciding when to declare and his side’s batting continues to crawl along at below four runs an over.
Where is the positive and attacking brand of cricket fans were hoping for under new coach Peter Moores?
ECB Initiative With British Asian Community
At a recent English Cricket Board event at Lords’ to highlight its support for Asian players, former England batsman Mark Ramprakash said the Indian team “bring with them a confidence and an energy now” led by the in-form Virat Kohli.
Ramprakash added: “They’ve always had great players but this new breed are used to playing high pressure cricket. “They can play either format and they bring a confidence that perhaps other Indian teams haven’t travelled overseas with.”
I feel India have a better bowling line-up compared to their last tour of England in 2012 when they were hammered. And they should have learned from the mistakes of that tour and will be up against an England batting line-up minus Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen.
This is an England side in decline under Cook, reflected by his slump in form with the bat.
Ramadan During World Cup 2014 Brazil
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us where Muslims will fast for around 18 hours each day. With the heat and the longer fasting times, this year is going to be challenging.
But despite going without food and drink for a long period, nutritionists say there are special exercises that people fasting can do to stay healthy and stop their muscles weakening. Around 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended with the best time being an hour after breaking the fast.
Jogging, swimming, yoga or cycling is best so you do not end up feeling unhealthy by the time Eid comes around. Even light exercises at the gym have been given a thumbs up to burn calories and improve stamina. Intense workouts are a no-no as it can lead to low blood pressure and dizziness.
Let’s spare a thought for the Algerian players and Muslim footballers like Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira from Germany who may have had to juggle fasting with taking part in the knockout stages of the World Cup this week.
But most of all, fasting is not just about avoiding eating and drinking. Muslim teachers say it’s about being grateful for what you have – rather than focusing on what you don’t have. Remembering people who are less fortunate than you and being more charitable. And trying to become a better person by your actions and words. I wish everyone a successful Ramadan.
South Asian Success At Wimbledon
The rain has played spoilsport at Wimbledon.
If the rain does comes down I would recommend going under Centre Court for cover to see the roll of honour where all of the winners are listed on scrolls. Achievements like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi’s doubles win in 1999 have been etched in history.
And 41-year-old Paes has enjoyed a swansong this year by reaching the third round with partner Radek Stepanek after a three-hour battle to beat Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky. Sania Mirza is out of the women’s doubles though as she and partner Cara Black were dumped out in the second round.
Somdev Devvarman is also on the plane home after losing in five sets to Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz in the first round while Divij Sharan and Purav Raja also suffered first round defeats in the men’s doubles.
The downpours at the weekend saw Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam ul Haq Qureshi third round game with Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock postponed. Bopanna is also still in the mixed doubles with Czech Andrea Hlavackova so there is still a chance of south Asian success at SW19.