Cricket News Ajit Wadekar dies at 77, ‘lost a father figure,’ says Anil Kumble

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former India captains Mohammed Azharuddin and Anil Kumble found a “father figure” in Ajit Wadekar. The legendary player mentored struggling captain and a stressed leg spinner during his days of international cricket.   After prolonged illness Wadekar, 77, passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday. It was under Wadekar that struggling captain Azharuddin, got a second chance from 1993 to 1996 having lost Test series in New Zealand, England and Australia ALSO READ | Ajit Wadekar: Man who made Indian captaincy coveted“such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family,” Azharuddin tweeted.   Wadekar was a blessing for Kumble after getting dropped post 1990 tour of England. His comeback coincided with Wadekar’s entry as manager during the 1992-93 tour of South Africa. Till his retirement in 2008, Kumble was never dropped for the next 16 years. Kumble tweeted “Deeply saddened by the passing away of #AjitWadekar He was more than a coach to the entire team – a father figure and a shrewd tactician. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed. Thank you Sir, for the confidence shown in my ability!”.  Famous cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi also praised Wadekar. “V sad news-Ajit Wadekar passing away-only Indn Capt to win 3 series in a row-2 away 1 at home-ALW was good contemporary-we had differences of (sic) opinion but always respected glory of (sic) Crkt-fine batsman & great close in catch-served Indn Crkt w/aplomb as player/Selectr/Coach-RIP Jeetu!” wrote Bedi on his twitter page. Wadekar was a “tough character” for Sanjay Manjrekar as coach. Earlier, Majrekar had tweeted a video of Wadekar in cricket gears one last time during a charity match at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai. ALSO READ | Remove all-rounder tag from Hardik Pandya, says Harbhajan Singh “Ajit Wadekar’s impact on Indian cricket is huge. His contemporaries worshipped him, such was his aura. Found him to be a tough character as coach. Exceptional Indian cricketer… RIP Sir.” tweeted Sanjay Manjrekar. last_img read more

Syracuse allows 2 goals for 1st time in overtime loss at Louisville

first_imgFor the first time this season, the Syracuse men’s soccer team conceded two goals in a match. It didn’t prove a winning formula. The No. 2 Orange (12-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) fell to Louisville (7-5-1, 4-2 Atlantic Coast), 2-1, in overtime at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium on Friday night. And while it was SU’s second loss, It was also the second time this season the Cardinals have beaten the country’s second-ranked club. “We’ve been on the other side of some of these close games, but every ACC game is very evenly contested,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “Unfortunately tonight against a quality Louisville team we came out on the wrong side.” Syracuse looked well on its way to setting a program record for most consecutive wins and earning a win over Louisville for the first time since 2008, outshooting the Cardinals 4-2 in the first half. In the 55th minute, a Jordan Murrell cross into the 18-yard box was redirected by Oyvind Alseth and touched the hand of a Louisville defender. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s resident penalty kick shooter, Nick Perea, took one for the second time this season, and the midfielder capitalized with a goal into the bottom left corner to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. But Louisville put on a complete blitz from the middle of the second half to the end of regulation. The Cardinals outshot the Orange 7-4 in the frame, and had two corner kicks to SU’s zero. In the 79th minute, Murrell was on the other end of a similar play, as a ball went off his hand in the box and set up a penalty kick for Tim Kubel. The Cardinals’ forward froze Syracuse goalkeeper Alex Bono and easily slid a shot into the left corner to even the score. With six minutes to go in regulation, SU midfielder Alex Halis received his second yellow card of the match and was subsequently ejected. The Orange was forced to play a man down for the remainder of regulation and into overtime. McIntyre said it’s a turning point in any game when a team is forced to play a man down, but thought his team dealt with the end of the game well. Six minutes into overtime, Kubel took a free kick from 30 yards out that went off the head off defender Jerry Ramirez and by Bono, who was moving in the direction of the initial shot. McIntyre told his team after the match not to dwell on the loss and put it in perspective. “I think it’s a reflection of how far we’ve come,” McIntyre said. “We’ve come down to this environment to play a team with the quality of Louisville and our expectations and hopes are to win the game.“We’ve done a good job at seeking out those 1-0 games, (but) unfortunately you can’t do that the whole season. We got our noses in front. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get that second goal.” Comments Published on October 17, 2014 at 11:50 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more