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  • The 18 men Indian team for the 2014 eight-nation Hero Men’s Champions Trophy to be held in Bhubaneswa has been announced yesterday. The Sardar Singh led side does not include striker Gurinder Singh Chandi. This is the first tournament India will play after the retirement of their coach Terry Walsh.

    Meanwhile, discharging duel responsibility in a crucial tournament is not a new thing for Indian hockey’s high performance director Roelant Oltmans whose primary focus now is to prepare the team as best as he can for the Champions Trophy in the absence of just-retired coach Terry Walsh. For the second time in his stint with Indian hockey, Oltmans had to double up as a coach and high performance director in an important event after Australian Walsh quit from his post recently following the breakdown of his contractual talks with Hockey India and Sports Authority of India.

    But the legendary Dutchman was unfazed and said he prefers to look forward than ponder about the past. “I have done that before as well in the 2013 Asia Cup. It’s not the most good thing but at this moment we have to look forward and ensure we prepare the team as good as we can for the Champions Trophy . It’s an important tournament where 8 best teams of the world will be competing,“ said Oltmans about his immediate task at hand. “The morale of the team is good because we clearly know there are distractions in every process. But at this moment we only want to look forward. We are just looking at the Champions Trophy and trying to make sure that we are prepared as good as possible,“ he told reporters after the team’s training session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Monday.


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    Top Five Inventions of Cricketers

  • Those days, Cricket was played with some traditional strokes which includes the straight drives, cover drives etc. Even the bowlers don’t have much variations to their bowling. But as the days went bowlers worked on some variations, batsmen developed their own arrays of shots and madethe game interesting. Here are top five inventions of cricketers that changed the way the game has played.


    Switch-Hit came into existance when England‘s Kevin Pietersen tried it against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 2008. The shot is executed by changing stance from a left-handed to a right-handed batsman or vice-versa during the bowler’s run-up and hitting it over the in-field. Initially, few said that this shot is a demonstration of a batsman’s skill while others said that it gives an unfair advantage to the fielding side because the field is set based on the batsman’s initial stance at the crease. Later ICC declared the shot as legal.

    Scoop Shot or Marillier Shot

    The Scoop Shot or Marillier shot or ramp shot is a great which involves using the bat as a ramp to flick a ball backwards over wicket-keeper. It is a rare, risky and unorthodox shot but when successfully used can be devastating. The shot was pioneered by Zimbabwean batsman Douglous Marillier, after whom the shot is named.


    Dilscoop is the upgraded version of scoop shot developed by Sri Lanka‘s Tillakaratne Dilshan. The basis of the stroke is to go on one knee to a good length or slightly short of length delivery off a fast or medium paced bowler and ‘scoop’ the ball over the head of the wicket keeper. The ball travels straight towards the boundary behind the wicket keeper.

    Helicopter Shot

    A stroke played by swinging the bat in an “uppercut” fashion so that it catches the ball partly from below; in the follow-through the bat flails up and round vertically, through an angle that may exceed 180 degrees. This shot is said to be invented by Pakistan‘s Abdul Razzaq by fw and few say Sachin Tendulkar invented it. BNut credits for this shot often goes to MS Dhoni. The helicopter shot is very risky, but can be unusually effective at scoring boundaries against yorkers.


    Doosra is an off-spinner’s finger spin equivalent of the googly, in that it turns the “wrong way”. It was developed by Saqlain Musthaq.

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