LDRA announced that Renishaw, an engineering and scientific technology company with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare, has successfully applied the LDRA tool suite to certify its RESOLUTE FS optical encoder system as functionally safe to level SIL 2 in accordance with IEC 61508-1:2010. Using the LDRA tool suite, Renishaw engineers were able to show MISRA C compliance of the re-engineered source code, to demonstrate functional correctness using unit test, and to analyze code coverage to prove the completeness of that testing.Renishaw used its existing RESOLUTE product as the starting point and retrospectively applied the IEC 61508 standard to develop RESOLUTE FS, which is the company’s first absolute encoder product to be certified for the functional safety market. RESOLUTE FS is intended for markets where the encoder feedback must be functionally safe for machinery requiring safe motion functions, such as Safely Limited Speed or SLS. Using an encoder system that is already rated for use in these applications enables machine builders to make safer machines with higher functionality, reduced set-up times, and less machine downtime.IEC 61508 provides clearly defined requirements relating to language selection for the development of safety-related software. The UK’s Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) has established a set of guidelines for the use of C language in safety-critical systems, and these guidelines were followed by Renishaw to meet those requirements. The retrospective application of MISRA C:2012 to existing source code required a new, more challenging level of detail. LDRArules helped significantly in that the MISRA guidelines are frequently broken down in the LDRA reporting schema to less generic, more concise definitions, complete with practical examples of violations. This improved granularity made it easier to understand the relationship of each individual rule violation, which was reinforced by the detailed explanations in the LDRA documentation.Renishaw’s successful experience with LDRA’s static analysis tools led to an easy decision to extend its commitment further to the acquisition of the LDRA TBrun Unit Test tool. Renishaw needed an efficient way of unit testing and of showing code coverage associated with that testing in order to comply with the requirements of the standard. Although it is possible to develop unit tests using a simulator, Renishaw opted to do all of their testing on their target hardware, the Analog Devices Blackfin DSP BF534. The development team was very familiar with both the device and its debugging environment, and there was very little overhead involved in downloading and executing the tests on target.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous RTI: connectivity software Connext 6 for healthcare and autonomous systemsNext eCOUNT strengthens its presence in the UK
Nigeria fans celebrated wildly after their team’s victory over Iceland on Friday in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Volgograd.The African nation beat Iceland 2-0 after Ahmed Musa scored a brace to give them three important points and help them go second in their group.Videos circulating on social media showed people jumping out of their cars and celebrating on the streets while some were seen banging and lifting tables back in Nigeria as the African nation registered their first victory in this year’s World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBut, one man stole the show from home. A twitter user named Rich Boi Hennessy can be seen doing a jig as his team scored.Issa goal, Issa goal Issa goal is a gooooaaaaalll #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/1g7QWgb7DcRich Boi Hennessy (@Camosocks) June 22, 2018….meanwhile in Naija….. pic.twitter.com/1Ph8eUZv5eMichelle Lacriarde (@MLacriarde) June 22, 2018Final Whistle….. Naija wins pic.twitter.com/U8ZFw2pFpFEfuntoye Olayemi (@yemotoye) June 22, 2018Street of Naija as NIGERIA scored the second goal!!AbujaTurn up weekend pic.twitter.com/nBe8HAuPl6A Y O M I D E (@Ol_Timi) June 22, 2018Luth medical hostel don scatter !!!!issa goal pic.twitter.com/NH3kxL5frhThelmz (@okonjithelma) June 22, 2018Nigeria, who lost their first match to Croatia in their opening Group D fixture, had to win the match to stay alive in the tournament. And, they did that with ease against a resolute Iceland defence at the Volgograd Arena.Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians move into second place in Group D behind Croatia, who have already qualified for the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementNigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.World Cup 2018: Nigeria’s Ekong wins Iceland’s respect after sweet gestureMusa, Nigeria’s all-time leading World Cup scorer with four goals, has played well against Argentina before. His two previous goals came at the 2014 tournament in Brazil in a group match against the two-time champions.”It’s possible I’m going to score another two goals,” the 25-year-old Musa said.On Friday, Musa gave Nigeria the lead in the 49th minute after Victor Moses sprinted deep into the Iceland half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley.Nigeria nearly doubled its lead on several occasions, but Musa made it happen in the 75th minute. He picked up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.”I think the control made it more perfect for me,” said Musa, who hinted he wants to leave Premier League club Leicester and play for CSKA Moscow. Iceland fans cheered their players on but the 11 on field failed to replicate their performance against Argentina (Reuters Photo)Iceland, the smallest nation ever to compete in the World Cup, was not as effective as it had been against Argentina when it earned a surprise 1-1 draw.Still, the European champion quarterfinalists had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.
France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the first quarter-final of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Nizhny Novgorod to book a last four berth after eight years.France were world champions in 2002 and reached the final in 2006 which they lost to Italy. On paper, France were the most balanced team before the start of the 2018 World Cup and they came to their elements during a 4-2 annihilation of Argentina in the round of 16.On Friday, France were the favourites despite Uruguay’s superior head-to-head record. After a drab opening half-an-hour, the game suddenly came to life as both sides tried to take the advantage ahead of the first whistle.The French took the lead in the 40th minute after Raphael Varane headed in into the net in the 40th minute.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURESHowever, it could have been a different story in the first half.Uruguay, without injured striker Edinson Cavani, had started full of running and were close to equalising with a great header by Martin Caceres.There was still a chance for Uruguay to stage a comeback in the second half but Fernando Muslera’s costly error put paid to the two-time world champions’ hopes.LATEST PICTURES FROM WORLD CUPAntoine Griezmann shot from the edge of the penalty and Muslera was unable to stop the ball from rolling over inside the net. He tried to parry the ball away when he could have simply caught it: an uncharacteristic error from a goalkeeper who was appearing in his 102nd international.advertisementThe match was not without some spice. Eight minutes after the second goal, Kylian Mbappe and Cristian Rodriguez were involved in an ugly altercation, Uruguay skipper Digeo Godin also got involved as the situation looked like exploding out of control.However, the referre quickly diffused the problem but booked Mbpappe and Rodriguez.France will meet the winner of the Brazil vs Belgium match in the semi-finals.
By Yoshita Singh New York, Jul 8 (PTI) As nations continue to grapple with the migrant and refugee crises, Chair of the Hinduja Bank, Switzerland Hinduja S P Shanu has called for issuing unique identity cards to refugees that will help host nations address their safety concerns and ensure accountability from those seeking new homes in foreign lands.”Nations can come up with ID cards for refugees and migrants that uphold their original place of birth and nationality. The UN can play a role in this. This will give refugees and migrants a standing and a sense of accommodation,” Shanu told PTI.She said the ID system will help the host countries address questions of safety and security as they open their borders to refugees and migrants. “Since the refugees will have ID cards, they will become responsible towards the system and the host country will be notified that they in the country legally,” she said.Shanu further noted that the ID cards will not only protect the host country but also protect the persons who have been “dislodged” from their homeland. “There will be accountability for them. The ID card will help protect the host country and give a message to the migrant and refugee that they are welcome but they should also bring positivity to their new homes. This will require collective actions from all the nations,” she said.She added that the identity card should be recognised worldwide as a migrant card that establishes refugees identities and their declared places of origin. It will help preserve their right to return to their homelands voluntarily as the conditions become conducive, she said.advertisement”The refugee situation is not new, people have migrated across lands for decades but it is more profound now because of terrorism, poverty and climate change,” she said.Drawing a parallel with the FIFA World Cup, Shanu said the sporting event celebrates unity and diversity among the sport’s followers across nations. “In the same spirit of the unity that can be seen during the time of the FIFA word cup, it is time that countries should embrace the spirt of unity and of accommodation for people who for no fault of theirs are forced to leave their homes,” she said.”In football, the goal of one person is the defeat of another. In every step of the way, what we are learning from football is that one persons victory is another persons defeat,” she said, adding that it is wrong to think that refugees and migrants will be burden on the resources of a nation. Instead, they can contribute to the economic and cultural fabric of the host countries.Shanu also urged the rich and powerful nations of the world to be more accommodating and open their doors to provide refuge to those fighting persecution and corruption at home. She said the developed nations, which have huge land and natural resources, can set up small industries, manufacturing units and service industries that can help provide employment to the refugee and migrant communities.”This is about sharing the responsibilities collectively and growing the economies of the world. What is preventing countries like Russia China, Saudi Arabia and other rich nations as well as the private sector to join hands and set up small industries and manufacturing units that employ migrants and refugees,” she said.Shanu also stressed on the need for accountability of the host country towards each individual looking for a home base. “It is important to ensure that the host countries do not abuse the refugee in any way. The UN as well as the ID card can bring assurance to the refugees,” she said.She added that as the refugees and migrants add to the economic growth of the nations hosting them, the governments can ensure safety and security through the issuance of the ID cards that will bring accountability on the part of the refugees.”The young new leaders of the world across various sectors need to become more committed to resolving this world crisis situation than before. If politics needs a goal, it should be a home for all in the world. Basic sense of belonging to a country, a space, a city, a home is also the perfect goal for young business entrepreneurs to provide for all those who need it,” she said, urging citizens to build a commitment towards this cause. PTI YAS ZHZH
Public schools of Kerela are changing common notions of people which say government schools cannot attract students like private schools can.Notwithstanding government initiatives and schemes taken to improve the quality of education and increase the literacy levels in India, there hasn’t been a significant increase in the number of enrollments as far as government-run schools are concerned.Kerela sees the highest rise in public schools admissions in 25 yearsIn a record of sorts, Kerela saw a rise in over 40,000 students registering in public schools this year, taking the numbers up to 1.8 lakh, which is a first in 25 years. This is according to the data released last week by the Kerela education department.Until 2016, as many as 5,715 public schools were functioning without adequate student strength which was worrying as it could lead to the closure of several schools.What did the Kerala government schools do to bring this change?A welcome change was brought about with the launch of the general education protection campaign on January 27, 2017, by the Kerala education department. The campaign which relied on public participation to increase student admission in public schools saw people taking a pledge to protect the schoolsThe government meanwhile focused on improving the infrastructure and sanctioned up to 5 crores to each school. Classrooms were to be converted to hi-tech classes with the setting up of digital projector, screen, laptop and internet connectivity. Of these, 149 schools were chosen to be developed as centres of excellenceAnother factor was the starting of English medium classes in primarily Malayam medium public schools which has revived the interest of parents in sending their children to public schools, as English language is seen a necessity in today’s education systemadvertisementEncouraged by the success of their campaign, the education department is taking it forward. They will spend another 10 crores towards setting up of libraries in 9,600 classrooms in 866 upper-primary schools and strengthen existing libraries in 1,225 high schoolsPromoting interest in cultural activities among students is also a part of the plan. Classical dance training programme and centres for sports art and culture will soon come up at district level as per the new initiatives by the education department to give opportunities to for nurturing talent outside of academics.Other states need to follow Kerala’s exampleThe rest of India is still struggling with their public schools to bring them at par with private run schools. A 2017 study found that govt schools lost around 13 million students while private schools gained 17 million.The dismal conditions of our govt schools fail to instill confidence among parents and students who favour the private schools for their better infrastructure and facilities.At the primary level, 58.7 per cent of Indians cite better environment for learning as a major factor for opting for private schools, IndiaSpend reported in May 2016.Kendra Vidyalayas are the only schools set up by the govt that follows certain standards but they too face a high level of drop-outs.Government initiatives such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhigyan to be completely successful requires the primary centre of learning — the schools to be better managed with all facilities available for students so that they look forward to coming back every day.The success of the Kerela campaign can be seen as an exemplary attempt by their education department which should motivate other states to improve their education system in the coming times.Read: This Kerala school granted period leaves more than 100 years ago!Read: Education model of Kerala has garnered world attention, says CM
\R Brussels, Jul 11 (AFP) Football came to the rescue of tense NATO leaders at a summit today, providing them with a welcome diversion from the tensions roiling the transatlantic military alliance. The group is facing one its most difficult meetings in years due to US President Donald Trump’s criticism of the organisation and his targeting of German leader Angela Merkel. But with the World Cup semi-finals in NATO’s traditional adversary Russia made up exclusively of members of the western military alliance, the heads of state and government in Brussels were able to turn to football to lighten the atmosphere. British Prime Minister Theresa May exchanged a team jersey with her Croatian counterpart ahead of today’s night’s England-Croatia semi final clash. Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel tweeted a pictured of May smiling with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, saying that everything was “still all ok” between the on-pitch rivals. The Croatian president also gave May a shirt — and one to Trump with his surname emblazoned on the back, even though the United States did not compete in the World Cup finals. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel meanwhile teased French President Emmanuel Macron about yesterday’s game between their countries that saw France win 1-0 to book a place in the final on Sunday. “Frankly Emmanuel, yesterday the French team was very lucky,” Michel said with a smile. But he suggested the sport could provide an example to the military alliance. “Like in football, fair-play and team spirit are what we need more than ever,” he said.NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg declined to say which team he was supporting when asked by reporters.advertisement “Representing 29 nations I will not pick any specific team I would like to win,” he said, adding that his own country Norway had not qualified for the finals in Russia. (AFP) SMJSMJ
Badminton ace Saina Nehwal on Thursday defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon to reach the quarter-finals of World Championship.Saina registered a 21-16, 21-19 win over Intanon in a match that lasted 47 minutes to reach her 8th straight quarter-finals.”It is a very good win. She is known for deceptive game. Second game was going my way, but suddenly she played some difficult strokes, she was every where and made it 19-19. At that point, Gopi sir made a big role. He told me what to do and I followed that and the game turned in my favour,” Saina said after the match.”Pressure is less on me now because the last few tournaments I haven’t been able to cross the quarterfinals but I have played well at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Championship. But I can see that the form sometimes goes here and there but I am happy it is coming back in important events.”20092010201120132014201520172018 @NSaina is the first woman to reach the Quarter-Finals of BWF World Championships for 8 consecutive times8#TOTALBADMINTON #TOTALBWFWC2018 pic.twitter.com/05wauwjUwmBWF (@bwfmedia) August 2, 2018Talking about her next match against Olympic champion Carolina Marin, Saina said: “I have played her at Denmark Open last, she is quick and aggressive player and it would be a challenging match for me and I will just look to give my best.”Meanwhile, India’s mixed doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated world No 7 pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie to enter the quarter-finals.advertisementThe Indian pair won 20-22, 21-14, 21-6 in a game that lasted 59 minutes here.”We ended up making lot of mistakes in the first game but we were more sure in the second about our strategy. We are very happy that we could stay focussed and win,”Ashwini told reporters after the match.The world no 40 Indian pair has a tough task at hand tomorrow when it faces Non.1 and top-seeded Chinese pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.It was an even battle in the opening game as the Malaysian pair managed an 11-8 lead at the break and though Ashwini and Satwik clawed back at 14-14 and even held a slender 18-16 lead at one stage, their rivals were more composed and pocketed the game.In the second game, Goh and Shevon opened up a 5-2 lead but this time Ashwini and Satwik drew parity at 9-9 and then broke off to comfortably bounce back into the contest.In the decider, the Indian pair was simply brilliant as it aggressively dominated the proceedings. They led 11-4 at the interval and continued in the same vein after the breather to storm into the quarters.”We will give our best. We will come all guns blazing. But we can’t think too far ahead (about the medal), so the focus is on tomorrow’s match,” Ashwini said.(With PTI inputs)
India’s Rohit Sharma, who has made a name for himself as one of the most destructive openers in the shorter formats, says he will not mind opening in Test cricket as well if he’s asked to.Rohit is the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODI cricket and all three have been scored with him batting as an opener. Rohit has also played 25 Test matches for India and has scored 1479 runs at shade under 40 per innings. The batsman, however, is currently out of favour in the five-day format and is not part of the Indian Test squad.With the trio of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay struggling in the ongoing series against England in England, Rohit was posed a question if he would like to open the innings in Test matches too.India finally practice ahead of crucial Trent Bridge Test vs England”Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it,” Rohit told mediapersons at a promotional event.While his technique in testing conditions outside the Indian sub-continent has time and again come under scanner, the stylish batsman is still hopeful of a Test recalladvertisementTime for Rishabh Pant to make Test debut after Dinesh Karthik’s failures?”I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands. I have to wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, I have to be ready for it. To be ready, I am doing everything, training, doing as much as possible to give myself the best chance when the opportunity comes there,” he added.Rohit came in support of the under-fire team which is down 0-2 in the five match and said that a comeback is still possible even though it won’t be easy.”Yes of course, we have to believe that we can do it. It’s not going to be that easy. We have done it in South Africa we lost the first two Test matches and then we bounced back in Johannesburg and won that Test match,” Rohit said.India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test series”I think we can do it, it’s not that we can’t and we won the Test match. We have won Test matches in England before, we just need to get in that mindset, how we won the Test matches in England on previous tours and we have to play like that,” said Rohit.”There are still three Test matches to go, and I think it can turn around if we have the belief that we can do it,” he noted.(With PTI inputs)
Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton took a lucky Bahrain Grand Prix win for Mercedes on Sunday after engine trouble in the dying stages denied Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a first Formula One victory.The luckless Leclerc had looked like becoming Ferrari’s youngest ever race winner, at 21, after starting on pole position and leading comfortably. Instead, the Monegasque ended up third.Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas, lapping far faster than the stricken Ferrari, reeled him in and breezed past to secure the team’s second one-two finish in as many races and against the odds.”That was extremely unfortunate for Charles,” said Hamilton after starting in third place and behind the Ferraris.”He drove such a great race. We’ve got work to do to keep these guys off our tails,” added the Briton, who embraced Leclerc after they stepped out of their cars and offered commiserations.The race finished with the field following the safety car, deployed as marshals removed Daniel Ricciardo’s stranded Renault.”I was not expecting that result,” added Hamilton, who had complained earlier of feeling like a sitting duck with his fading tyres.Hamilton’s win was the 74th of his career but first this season. He is now 17 wins short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.The Briton stayed second in the championship but is now just one point shy of overall leader Bottas, who won and scored the extra point for fastest lap in the season-opener in Australia two weeks ago.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said it was always a balance between performance and reliability.advertisement”Charles was very unfortunate today,” he agreed. “He was the quickest guy and should have won the race but then things swing in the other direction.”Third place was still a first Formula One podium for Leclerc, and he also took an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race, but that was scant consolation considering how much more he could have had.”It’s a very hard one to take,” said the youngster, in only his second race for Ferrari. “It’s a shame to only finish third, but it’s part of racing and we’ll come back stronger.”VETTEL SPINSLeclerc’s problems capped an already difficult day for Ferrari, with team mate Sebastian Vettel having a nightmare of his own.The German, who led initially but finished fifth, spun while defending second place from Hamilton and then lost his front wing in a spectacular shower of sparks.”I really struggled at the beginning of the race,” said a downcast Vettel. “Overall, there was not the pace I wanted to have today. Then obviously on top I had the mistake with the spin, so not a good evening”.”I lost the car very suddenly and once I spun it was too late. (It was) unfortunate that we had so much damage with the tyres that it caused the front wing to fail.”Dutch 21-year-old Max Verstappen finished fourth for Red Bull ahead of Vettel.British rookie Lando Norris put in a fine drive for McLaren to finish sixth, and score his first points in Formula One, ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.”Just the whole race today was a lot more fun than Australia,” said Norris.”I could do a bit of overtaking… I could enjoy the experience of Formula One much more here. We just had better pace than we thought we were going to have.”Frenchman Pierre Gasly brought his Red Bull home in eighth ahead of Toro Rosso’s Thai driver Alexander Albon and Mexican Sergio Perez, who rounded out the top 10 for Racing Point.Canadian Lance Stroll made contact with the Haas of Romain Grosjean at the start, pitting for a new front wing, while McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Verstappen came together early. Grosjean and Sainz both retired.Also Watch:
Virat Kohli is celebrating his 30th birthday today and wishes are starting to pour in from all quarters for the Indian cricket team captain.Kohli is a leader, on the field and off it. The youth icon does not only push and inspire his teammates but millions of others who consider him to be their hero.Kohli has been in phenomenal form for the last few years now and has been on a record-breaking spree since taking over the captain’s role from MS Dhoni in all formats.Kohli’s exploits on the field have been well documented as well as the multitudes of records he has broken and set over the course of his now-illustrious career.But what about the man beneath the helmet, the son who shoulders the dreams of a billion, the leader of India’s rise to the top of the cricketing ladder?The journey started way back in December 2006, when a young 18-year-old boy from Uttam Nagar walked out to bat for his Ranji Trophy team, Delhi, hours after his father passed away.Delhi were playing Karnataka and he was batting on 40 overnight. Most of his teammates did not expect him to come to the ground after the loss of his father, but Kohli has always been a thorough professional. He walked out and scored 90 to save Delhi from a follow-on.Kohli scores runs for fun these days. He recently became the first Indian batsman to smash three successive hundred in one day internationals when he hit 107 against West Indies in the recently concluded series.advertisementDuring the series, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of becoming the fastest to complete 10,000 runs in the format. The India skipper blazed his way to 10,000 runs from only 205 innings.Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to join the elite club.In fact, the modern great completed 1000 runs in a calendar year six times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 and 2018). This year, he became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.Kohli now also has 150-plus scores in ODIs four times.In Tests too, Kohli broke a plethora of records in 2018. He scored 286 in three Tests in South Africa, he then amassed 593 runs in England and signed off with 184 in the two-match series against West Indies at home.Kohli, in only 10 matches in 2018, aggregated 1063 runs and will play three most Tests in Australia in December.King Kohli also completed 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals this year becoming the fastest to achieve the feat.Kohli has come a long way now — from leading the country’s U-19 team to World Cup glory back in 2008 to leading India’s charge in dominating the world of cricket in all forms of the game.As the captain of the team, he leads by example and his obsession with fitness is no secret. He spends hours at the gym, watches what he eats and expects his men to do the same.He has a huge following on social media with most of his posts showing him sweating it out at the gym, which strikes a chord with the youth of the country. He is well aware of his influence on the youth of the country and that he is closely followed not only by the media but millions who profess him their hero.
Barcelona have signed defender Jeison Murillo on a six-month loan from fellow La Liga side Valencia, the Spanish champions said on Thursday.”FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jeison Murillo for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The agreement includes a purchase option worth 25 million euros ($21.8 million),” Barca said in a statement.Barca’s defence has been left short due to France centre back Samuel Umtiti needing treatment on his knee and Thomas Vermaelen, whose Nou Camp career has been blighted by injury, being ruled out for at least a month with a calf problem.Murillo, 26, moved from Colombia to Italy aged 18 to play for Udinese, later joining Spain’s Granada before moving to Inter Milan in 2015.He joined Valencia on loan in 2017, making a permanent move in August for a reported 12 million euros, but has made only three appearances in all competitions this season.The defender has been capped 27 times for Colombia, but was not selected for the 2018 World Cup.
Online streaming website Netflix has announced its first Indian sports documentary Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians , which will premiere on March 1.The docu-series, produced by Conde Nast Entertainment, will follow the Mumbai Indians on the road through the course of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season as they sought to defend their 2017 IPL crown, read a statement.The series documents the unseen action, both on and off the field, starting with the 2018 IPL auction, when the entire team was re-organised, and closes with the end of their IPL campaign. It charts the emotional arc of the team, including the intense pressure the team faces.Netflix shared the poster of the series and captioned it, “Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen? If you’ve experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March.”Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen?If you’ve experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March. pic.twitter.com/Ujl1tq6Els Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 5, 2019The series maps the emotional arc of the team, including the intense pressure the team faces, as they are representing the Maximum City and have expectations from millions of Mumbai citizens.It documents highly personal journeys of the young and talented team, led by captain Rohit Sharma, owners Nita and Akash Ambani as well as the brilliance of their coach – Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene.(With inputs from IANS)Also read | Netflix announces Selection Day Season 2. Sachin Tendulkar eager to know what happens nextAlso read | Netflix’s Sex Education renewed for Season 2advertisement
Seven years into his retirement and former Test stalwart Rahul Dravid is still making silent and important contribution for India, shaping the next generation of cricketers who will form the core of the team.For a significant part of his 16-year Test career, Dravid was the bulwark in India’s star-studded batting lineup that also included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S Laxman.A classical batsman who built his game around a near-impregnable defence and an over-my-dead-body attitude, ‘The Wall’ was a purist’s delight even though team mates often eclipsed his best efforts.His 95 in his very first Test innings was overshadowed by fellow debutant Ganguly’s century in the 1996 match at Lord’s. Three years later, Dravid hit 145 in a World Cup match against Sri Lanka but once again Ganguly’s 183 was the talking point.Dravid’s 180 in the 2001 Kolkata Test was crucial to India’s stunning victory against Australia but still ended up being second fiddle to Laxman’s epic 281.Having quit international cricket with more than 24,000 runs against his name, Dravid has since taken charge of India’s under-19 and A teams, overseeing the seamless transition of youngsters into the senior side.Among his wards, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shah and Hanuma Vihari have taken to Test cricket like duck to water, all-rounder Vijay Shankar is staking World Cup claims, while Shubhman Gill broke into the ODI team in New Zealand.”He’s been a great mentor for us,” Agarwal, who impressed on his maiden tour in Australia, told Reuters.”We can always walk up to him, speak to him about our batting, about our thought process, the way we approach an innings or if there’s any technical difficulty.”advertisementShoehorned into the Indian side midway through the Test series following an opening crisis, Agarwal impressed immediately with two 75-plus knocks in three innings.The 28-year-old said Dravid helped him understand how to manage mental energy in the long format.”We had a few chats about my game and he figured that part out,” Agarwal added.”He said ‘to do well in Test cricket, you need to manage your mental energy because you are up and about for all five days’. That’s something we spoke about.”Also we figured out things we can control in the middle and focus on doing them.”Lokesh Rahul is another beneficiary of Dravid’s deep understanding of the game – accumulated over 164 Tests and 344 ODIs – and batsmanship in particular.Rahul, 26, was in crisis after a slump in form was followed by a brief suspension for inappropriate comments on a television chat show.Sent home midway through the Test series in Australia, Rahul joined the A team under Dravid and found his mojo back in the five matches against England Lions.He has since looked his free-flowing self in the two Twenty20 matches against Australia, scoring 50 and 47, a turnaround he credited to the time he spent with Dravid.”Fortunately, I got to play some India A games and some games where the pressure was a little less, so that I can focus on my skill and my technique,” Rahul said last week.”I spent a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped me a lot in the games I played for India A.”Also Read | Dravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniorsAlso Read | India one of the favourites, hope they peak at right time, says Rahul Dravid
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik’s leadership skills and own form will be keenly observed when his team takes on Rajasthan Royals in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter for both outfits, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.Karthik has a tally of 117 runs after 10 matches with only one 50. The World Cup call up has also failed to inspire the stumper-batsman who chose to go on a break to Mumbai after KKR’s fifth successive defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on the road.There have been talks about Karthik being removed as skipper even after head coach Jacques Kallis has put his weight behind the 33-year-old. The decision to send their best power hitter Andre Russell as low as No. 7 in the last few matches have only escalated the matter.Besides Karthik, vice-captain Robin Uthappa has been struggling with his own issues. While he has managed to score more runs than Karthik, 220 to be exact in nine matches but his strike rate of 119.56 has been a real cause of concern for the two-time champions.Uthappa wasted a lot of deliveries, which proved to be costly in their last home game against KKR. KKR fell 10 short of the 214-run target. He was dropped in their last game and so was Kuldeep Yadav who has failed to shine this season going for a lot of runs and failing to deceive the batsmen.In their remaining four games, KKR have to win all of them to qualify for the play-offs.advertisementComing to the visitors, Royals, placed seventh in the points and in need to win their remaining four matches in order to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs, will be boosted by Ajinkya Rahane’s form. The India test specialist, removed from captaincy as Steve Smith took over, scored a magnificent hundred in their last game against Delhi Capitals.Royals lost the game but Rahane’s show was encouraging to say the least. Royals will be without Jos Buttler once again but for the last time will get the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, the latter being their key bowler along with spinneer Shreyas Gopal.Archer and Stokes will join the England squad for World Cup preparation with the deadline being April 26. Archer is not part of the 15-member contingent but has made it to the England limited-overs’ squad for the Pakistan ODI series.KKR, though, will draw confidence from their first leg meeting with Royals, where the two-time champions recorded a facile eight-wicket victory.Where will the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between KKR vs RR?Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wicket-keeper), Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, K.C. Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan ParagAlso Read | IPL 2019: KKR still have a healthy dressing room, says Carlos Brathwaite
Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be tuning up for the inaugural World Test Championship against West Indies by playing in English County for Nottinghamshire.”Yes, Ashwin will be playing for the Notts this season. The CoA had already made it clear that any centrally contracted cricketer will have automatic rights to play County cricket if that player gets an offer. Ashwin’s deal is almost final and only the CEO needs to sign his NoC,” a senior BCCI functionary privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.After Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane inked a deal with Hampshire, it is the turn of Ashwin to play six division 1 County games for the Nottinghamshire side that also has England’s premier fast bowler Stuart Broad in their ranks.This will be Ashwin’s second stint in English County, having played four games for Worcestershire during the 2017 season.It was a fruitful season back then for the 32 year old, who got 20 scalps in four games and also scored 214 runs.The BCCI has been in touch with the various county sides as they want their top long form specialists to play county cricket every season during June and July.As of now, Rahane, Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara (with Yorkshire on three year contract) are certain to play the county games.Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma may also feature in a few games if things fall in place.As far as the youngsters are concerned, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal will be with the India A side in the West Indies as a part of the shadow tour before the senior squad embarks on its journey.advertisementWorld Test Championship will begin soon after the ICC World Cup with the Ashes in England starting the event, while the Windies tour India, and New Zealand hosts Sri Lanka — both in July.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh considering retirement, may seek BCCI permission to play private T20 leaguesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso See
As the Indian cricket team set out for Southampton for their first World Cup 2019 match against South Africa on June 5, head coach Ravi Shastri slipped into nostalgia and reflected on his past days.During the bus journey to Southampton, Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal utilised the time to interview members of the Indian support staff for the popular segment Chahal TV on the BCCI website.When Chahal asked Shastri about their journey to the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, the head coach went down memory lane to recall the days when he played the County cricket.”This is my home journey. 20 years ago, I used to be on this road 4 days a week when I played for Glamorgan. So, when I travel through this road, I am being carried away to the older days,” Ravi Shastri said, adding specifically that though those were the bygone days but he hasn’t aged any since then.”I am still young,” the 57-year-old Ravi Shastri said.DO NOT MISS: Chahal TV gets up, close and personal with the entire #TeamIndia support staff. Get a sneak peek into the Behind the Scenes Heroes – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahalFull Video here https://t.co/fAS01z2rcL pic.twitter.com/XwC1BcyqHvBCCI (@BCCI) May 30, 2019Ravi Shastri played for Glamorgan County Cricket Club, whose home ground is the Sofia Gardens, between 1987 and 1991.The 2019 World Cup went underway Thursday with England taking on South Africa in the opener. Red hot favourites India will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 in the 8th match of the tournament.advertisementIn 2015, India had reached the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champions Australia.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan 1st England cricketer to play 200 ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Malala Yousafzai takes light-hearted jibe at India duo after 60-second challengeAlso See
Immediately after their unbeaten run at the Cricket World Cup was ended by Pakistan, New Zealand’s players were joking and laughing in their changing room.It wasn’t that they took Pakistan lightly or failed to give their best effort. Far from it.It was just time to enjoy the gratification of going down swinging, to accept that a better team beat them on an overcast Wednesday in Birmingham, to cop it on the chin, and look forward to the next assignment.”A bit of a blip,” was how allrounder Jimmy Neesham described New Zealand’s first defeat in seven group matches.”We’re not the type of team that takes losses really hard,” Neesham added. “We’ll have a couple of beers as a team and kind of talk about how that game went, and then we’ll pretty much park it, and we’ll hit our scouting in the morning pretty fresh.”The scouting report on Saturday’s opponent at Lord’s will have been impressive.Australia is on top of everything.The Australians lead the standings, one point above the Kiwis.They are the first and only team to have nailed down a semifinals berth. To join the defending champions in the playoff stage, the Kiwis need one point from their last two group games. (Accuweather screengrab)Australian paceman Mitchell Starc leads the wicket-takers list with 19, three more than anyone else. His usual new-ball partner Pat Cummins has 11. The Kiwis’ best is Lockie Ferguson with 15. Of the five bowlers to take 5-wicket hauls at the tournament, two are Australian: Starc and Jason Behrendorff, whose combined left-arm pace and guile blew away England on Tuesday at Lord’s, and stripped the home side of the No. 1 ranking in one-day international cricket.advertisementThe bowlers have successfully defended 307, 334, 381, and 285 in their last four matches, all but one after being sent in to bat first. (Accuweather screengrab)David Warner leads the run-scorers list with 500, only four more than his opening partner and Australia captain Aaron Finch. They are averaging 91 as a pair.They have scored five fifties each, including two centuries each.The best Kiwi is also their captain, Kane Williamson, who has 414 runs including two centuries.In stark contrast to Warner and Finch and the great platforms they are providing, New Zealand’s openers have become brittle.After batting through to beat Sri Lanka in the opening match, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have deteriorated. In the following matches, No. 3 batsman Williamson has been forced to come in with the new ball still practically new: Bangladesh (sixth over), Afghanistan (first over), South Africa (third over), West Indies (first over), and Pakistan (second over).Also Read | Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also Read | Don’t want to tempt fate: Finch not keen on resting Starc or Cummins vs NZ
England won their maiden World Cup title as New Zealand suffered heartbreak after having playing one of the most thrilling matches ever in World Cup.Cricket World Cup’s official twitter account was constantly sending tweets with pictures of different cricketers and fans with funny caption after England’s World Cup win.However, one such tweet from Cricket World Cup’s official twitter account invited the wrath of fans from all corners of the world.They tweeted a picture of Sachin Tendulkar with Ben Stokes and captioned it,The greatest cricketer of all time – and Sachin Tendulkar #CWC19Final with a wink emoji.Ben Stokes’s sheer brilliance with the willow has certainly earned him a place in the history of England Cricket as one of the greatest all-rounders of the country. Stokes was named player-of-the-match for his World Cup final heroics as he smashed an unbeaten 84 to steer England’s chase of 242 against the Black Caps.However, fans accused Cricket World Cup’s official twitter account to be biased and raised questions on comparing Ben Stokes with a legendary cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar.Sachin Tendulkar, in his career that lasted 24 years, amassed 34,357 runs. Sachin also holds the record for scoring the highest number of runs in a single edition of the World Cup – 673 in 11 matches in 2003. He is also the only player to score more than 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket. Sachin also holds the record for highest number of centuries in both Tests (51) and ODIs (49) and he is the only man to score 100 centuries in international cricket.advertisementHere are some of the tweets:Do you even know WHO IS THE GOD OF CRICKET??Zuheeb (@iam_freakk) July 14, 2019Shame on you … Sachin is incomparable… he is a legend …. you people could achieve anything but attitude kahan se laogePriyanka sharma (@Aadishakti_101) July 15, 2019Yes, someone who couldnt even achieve 20% is a All time great for you? What else to expect from Pakistani Handler.Haven’t compared bowling….. pic.twitter.com/XjaxlsfwaKHarshal (Indian) (@HarshalMagar3) July 15, 2019Admin i am coming : pic.twitter.com/eKI0IiMRdnJitesh Rochlani (@jiteshrochlani) July 14, 2019Agree, because Sachin isn’t a cricketer but God of cricket.EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) July 15, 2019Also See:
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is returning to Kolkata Knight Riders but this time in a coaching role after being signed by the IPL side as assistant coach, a media report has claimed.McCullum, who retired from all forms of competitive cricket recently, will also take over as the head coach of the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders, according to ESPNcricinfo.Interestingly, he will replace Simon Katich in both the sides. With KKR, he will be associated as assistant coach and at Trinbago Knight Riders he will replace the Australian as head coach.The dasher from Canterbury had retired from all forms of international cricket in 2016 but continued to ply his trade in various T20 leagues across the globe.The former Black Caps skipper has played 101 Test matches for New Zealand and scored 6453 runs with a high score of 302. He featured in 260 ODIs and amassed 6083 runs with a strike rate of 96.37.KKR had announced that they were parting ways with Jacques Kallis, their head coach, and Katich.McCullum’s association with KKR goes back to the maiden season when he set the stage on fire with a blistering 158-run unbeaten knock in the first ever match of IPL.He was an integral part of the KKR squad for five seasons and also led them in the 2009 edition.The right-hand batsman had hinted at trying his hand at coaching in his retirement statement.”The next chapter, in both media and coaching will challenge me further,” he said.Also Read | NADA will test cricketers whenever and wherever they want: Sports secretaryAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja mimics Virat Kohli’s batting stance, Rohit Sharma guesses correctly in Heads Up ChallengeAlso See:advertisement