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“If you come on an A tour with me, you will not leave here without playing a game”: Dravid sends important message for new faces on SL tour | XtraTime | To get the best and exclusive sporting news, keep watching XtraTime

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Rahul Dravid will be the Coach of the India white ball team to Sri Lanka. Image: Xtra Time

Xtra Time Web Desk: Former India captain and the coach of the India team to Sri Lanka; Rahul Dravid has shared a very motivating message for the new faces that have been picked in the 20 member squad.

Dravid, who is widely credited for creating bench strength, has revealed how to give confidence to the youngsters specially who are new in the India set up.

In an interview to ESPNCricinfo’s ‘The Cricket Monthly’ Dravid said, “I tell them upfront, if you come on an A tour with me, you will not leave here without playing a game. I’ve had that personal experience myself as a kid: going on an A tour and not getting an opportunity to play is terrible,” 

He added, “It is not easy to do that, so there is no guarantee you’ll get a chance again. So you tell people upfront: this is the best 15 and we are playing them. This is not about the supposed best XI. At U-19, we make five-six changes between games if we can.” 

The India team will be led by Shikhar Dhawan with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as his deputy. The team will leave for the island nation on June 28. The entire squad will remain in hard quarantine fore three days until July 1 before being allowed to train.

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MLB trade grade: Brewers acquire Daniel Norris from Tigers

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Daniel Norris trade for the Brewers is nothing to phone home about

Milwaukee supporters sure were hoping for some better news, as Norris is currently sporting a 5.83 ERA this season. That’s not the kind of production you want from a reliever, which is why the Brewers receive a C grade for this deal.

Meanwhile, for Detroit, they’re getting a B+ for moving Norris. In return, Tigers beat writer Jason Beck is reporting Detroit is receiving 21-year-old pitching prospect, Reese Olson.

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Blue Jays acquiring Twins ace Jose Berrios for Martin, Woods Richardson

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The Toronto Blue Jays made a big splash hours before Friday’s MLB Trade Deadline, acquiring right-handed starter Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith confirms.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the agreement.

Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays are sending No. 2 prospect Austin Martin and No. 4 prospect Simeon Woods Richardson to the Twins in the trade.

Berrios, who is under team control through the 2022 season, was one of the most sought-after starters on the trade market. He has 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Twins this season. The two-time All-Star has spent his entire six-year career with the Twins and outside his rookie season he has never had an ERA above 4.00.

The move gives the Blue Jays a third ace starter to join Robbie Ray, Alek Manoah and Cy Young finalist Hyun-Jin Ryu. It also is the latest blockbuster move in the AL East arms race after the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all made trades in recent days to add power bats to their lineups.

The Blue Jays enter play Friday, their first home game at the Rogers Centre in nearly two years, fourth in the division with a 51-48 record. They are 9.5 games back of the Red Sox for first in the division and 4.5 games out a wild card spot.

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Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Tennis-Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova – Women’s singles Gold medal match; Live Stream, Scores, Date, Time, All you need to know.

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Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Tennis-Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova – Women’s singles Gold medal match; Live Stream, Scores, Date, Time, All you need to know.

Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Tennis-Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova – Women’s singles Gold medal match; Live Stream, Scores, Date, Time, All you need to know.

Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova will face off in the Gold medal match of the women’s singles category in the Tokyo Olympics. Bencic, the ninth seed, navigated her path into the final by defeating Elena Rybakina 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 and will be the first Swiss to win two medals in the same Olympics campaign after she progressed to the doubles final as well.


The 24-year-old is also the fifth player to reach two finals at the same Olympics after Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Murray and Nicolas Massu. Marketa Vondrousova has stunned one and all in the tournament, beating Naomi Osaka in round 3 (6-1, 6-4) and 4th seed Elina Svitolina (6-3, 6-1) in the semifinals. She is the first Czech player to make the Olympic singles player and will hope to crown the moment with glory. 

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The duo have only met once previously in their careers, with Vondrousova earning a hard-fought three-set win over Bencic in Miami earlier this year. Vondrousova is no stranger to making it big, as she reached the French Open finals as a teenager, and achieved a ranking as high as 14. However, Bencic has had a more storied career, having teamed up with Roger Federer for Switzerland in the past, and achieving a career-high ranking of four in February last year.

Belinda Bencic road to the final

  • First round: Beat Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 
  • Second round: Beat Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-4
  • Third round: Beat Barbora Krejcikova 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Quarter-final: Beast Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
  • Semi-final: Beat Elena Rybakina 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3

Marketa Vondrousova road to the final 

  • First round: Beat Kiki Bertens 6-4,3-6, 6-4 
  • Second round: Beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-2
  • Third round: Beat Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-4
  • Quarter-final: Beast Paula Badosa 6-3, 0-0 (retired)
  • Semi-final: Beat Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1

Also Read: Tokyo Olympics: Heartbreak for Novak Djokovic, World No.1 loses two semifinals on same day

Match Details: Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova (Tennis – Women’s singles Gold medal match)

Time: TBD

Date: 31-07-2021

Venue: Ariake Tennis Centre Court

Tokyo Olympics TV coverage: Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova (Tennis – Women’s singles Gold medal match)

Follow all updates LIVE from Tokyo Olympics on InsideSport.co & Watch LIVE streaming on SonyLIV.

Tokyo Olympics Live stream: Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova (Tennis – Women’s singles Gold medal match)

Tokyo Olympics will be broadcasted on DD National. Follow all matches LIVE from Tokyo Olympics on InsideSport.co & Watch LIVE streaming on SonyLIV.

 

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