Sports Round Up: Wimbledon, World Cup, Test Cricket & Ramadan
England Vs India Test Series 2014The 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 CommunityAt 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.