Sachin Tendulkar recalled the moments after India lifted the 2011 World Cup during Boria Majumdar’s book launch of Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians in Mumbai on Monday.Tendulkar recalled he called up his wife Anjali after the final and asked her to join in the celebrations at the Wankhede Stadium.”After we won the World Cup, Anjali (Tendulkar), being superstitious, didn’t want to be at the ground. I called her and said ‘what are you doing at home? You got to be here in the dressing room, we are all celebrating’,” Tendulkar said.Why are Sachin Tendulkar fans annoyed with Cricket Australia over Damien Fleming birthday tweet?The 45-year-old also revealed how his dented car added to the joy the day India won their second World Cup.”Somehow she (Anjali) made it to the stadium and while she was getting there, just outside the stadium, people were dancing, celebrating, jumping on top of the cars.”However, the delirious celebrations came to a halt the moment fans recognised Anjali.”…they said ‘we can’t touch this car, we can’t do anything on this car’. Somehow she gets inside the stadium and then we were all celebrating in the dressing room and when it was time to go back to the hotel I looked at the car and wondered how there were dents on the roof of the car,” he said.When Sachin Tendulkar wanted to grab Adam Gilchrist during Desert Storm in Sharjah”The driver said that ‘after I dropped madam, everyone started jumping and dancing on the top of the car’, so I said ‘these dents will always remind of that wonderful moment at the World Cup’ so, I call them ‘Happy Dents’,” he added.advertisementTendulkar, who turned 45 on Tuesday, won his maiden World Cup in a record sixth appearance at the marquee tournament.Tendulkar also recalled his famous ‘desert storm century’. That century in Sharjah against Australia, came in a losing cause of course but the message was sent loud and clear to the Aussies that India are not going to go down without a fight in the 1998 Coca-Cola Cup.Sachin Tendulkar will share a bottle of champagne with Virat Kohli if…On April 22, 1998, Tendulkar played one of the most memorable innings of his life and perhaps the century. Australia cruised to 287/4 from their 50 overs thanks to a century from Michael Bevan. Those days, a score of anything around 280 to 290 was considered to be almost unattainable while chasing but a 24-year-old Tendulkar was not going down without a fight.#HappyBirthdaySachin: Wishes pour in for the ‘man who could stop time’The Master Blaster came all guns blazing and hammered 143 off 131 balls. Sachin had smashed nine boundaries and five sixes that day, completely destroying the likes of Shane Warne, Damien Fleming and Michael Kasprowicz in sweltering conditions. And also, who could forget the sandstorm that lasted for more than 20 minutes at Sharjah. India’s target was reduced to 277 from 46 overs due to the break but once Tendulkar got out on the last ball of the 43rd over, the rest failed to match up and India lost the match by 26 runs. However, Tendulkar’s heroics took India past the required 237 to edge out New Zealand and qualify for the final two days later and face Australia, who had won all their matches so far in the tournament.And on his 25th birthday, he played another historic knock that will stand the test of times in people’s memories. Australia, batting first, rode on fifties from Darren Lehmann and captain Steve Waugh to post 272/9 from their 50 overs. Chasing that, India lost Sourav Ganguly early but Nayan Mongia hung in there and built a partnership with Tendulkar, who was struggling to find the middle of the bat. The duo took India to 128/2 from 24.2 overs before Mongia perished but that was not good news for the Aussies. Tendulkar was up and running and timing them like two days back and captain Mohammad Azharuddin gave him fine support as the Mumbaikar launched himself into the Aussies all over again.”When I went out to bat in the evening I felt mentally I was not quite there. I was trying to focus and I knew it was all about spending as much time as possible there and then the rhythm was going to come back. It took about 5-6 overs and till then I was not at all happy with the way I was moving and eventually confidence is all about which part of the bat is hitting the ball and I wasn’t finding the middle of the bat.advertisement”I waited for my turn and eventually I played those couple of big shots off (Michael) Kasprowicz which went for two sixes in a row and from there on things started rolling the way I wanted and we ended up winning the tournament.”Sachin Tendulkar reveals what it was like to bat for India one final time with his mother watchingTendulkar, who was the Man-of-the-Match for his 131-ball 134 that day, was out in the 45th over but the job was done. India went on to win the match by six wickets to lift the trophy and stop the Australian juggernaut.And the memories of the times is still fresh on his mind.”But what an incredible experience it was. That was one period where Australians travelled across the world and thrashed everyone. They were by far the best side in the world and go out chase 270-odd was a big ask but we were able to do that. When I got back also, the kind of reception that I received is still there,” said the 2011 World Cup winner.You will always be the real Master Blaster, Virat Kohli wishes birthday boy Sachin TendulkarTendulkar was also awarded the Man-of-the-Series for scoring 435 runs in the tournament.
Chelsea 1 Tottenham 3: Eriksen & Alli break Spurs’ Stamford Bridge curse Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 4/2/18 Twitter (@premierleague) Tottenham moved eight points clear of Chelsea in the race for the top four after ending their long wait for a win at Stamford Bridge. Christian Eriksen’s stunning strike and a Dele Alli double delivered Tottenham their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1990 as they dealt Chelsea’s Champions League hopes a hammer blow with a 3-1 Premier League victory.Spurs went into the contest five points clear of their hosts in the race for Champions League qualification and looking to end a hoodoo that stretched back to the pre-Premier League era.It looked unlikely that they would do so when Alvaro Morata pounced on a goalkeeping error from Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris to head Chelsea ahead with his first Premier League goal of 2018. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But a wonderful long-range leveller from Eriksen on the stroke of half-time proved the turning point in a contest that left Antonio Conte under yet more pressure.Tottenham dictated matters in the second half and two goals in the space of five minutes from Alli, making his 100th Premier League appearance, ensured the end of their long wait for a win in west London.Alli brilliantly took his first in the 62nd minute to make it 2-1 and then profited from some poor Chelsea defending to effectively wrap things up, Tottenham’s day capped off by the return of Harry Kane from an ankle injury as they moved eight points clear of the Blues with seven games to play.62 – @dele_official latches on to a wonderful pass from @ericdier and keeps his cool to finish in front of the travelling fans!#CFC 1-2 #THFC :white_circle: pic.twitter.com/b5w0s9tsnb— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 1, 2018After a subdued start Chelsea sprung into life when Willian fired a fierce low effort that took a deflection only to be beaten away by Lloris following a well-worked counter from the hosts.Marcos Alonso then confidently converted from N’Golo Kante’s clever lofted ball into the box but was correctly flagged for offside.Mauricio Pochettino’s side – unbeaten in the league since December – failed to heed those warnings, though, and after Victor Moses forced Lloris into action once more, the same player created the opening goal with a helping hand from the Spurs keeper.Lloris left his line to claim a Moses cross from the right but failed to do so, allowing Morata to rise and nod into the unguarded net.An ambitious long-range effort from Eriksen dealt with by an off-balance Willy Caballero looked like being Spurs’ sole response of the half, but instead it served as the pre-cursor for the stunning leveller that followed.Lloris somewhat redeemed himself by keeping out an arrowing low strike from Alonso and Eriksen then restored parity in remarkable fashion. The Denmark international again let fly from long distance but this time produced a high and swerving shot that dipped under the crossbar beyond a helpless Caballero.16 – Christian Eriksen has scored 16 goals from outside the box since his league debut in September 2013; the most of any current player in the Premier League. Laser. pic.twitter.com/I6xhxG3lQS— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 1, 2018Tottenham had rarely been in the ascendancy prior to the equaliser but it was the visitors who controlled matters after the restart, and Son Heung-min’s curling effort drew a fine diving save from Caballero, who could do little as Alli completed the turnaround.Alli controlled Eric Dier’s marvellous ball over the top with a sublime first touch and produced a finish to match as he lifted the ball over Caballero and in off the post.Four minutes later Alli doubled his tally and Tottenham’s advantage with his first Premier League brace since January 2017.Eriksen was to the fore as his first-time pass played in Son down the right and, though the South Korea international was twice denied by Caballero, a comedy of errors in the Chelsea defence presented Alli with the chance to slot in from point-blank range.Chelsea huffed and puffed with little reward as they sought a response before Kane somewhat surprisingly entered the fray despite the away side’s measure of command.Tottenham’s talisman had no opportunity to mark his comeback with a goal while Lloris enjoyed a similarly quiet end to the game as Spurs finally made some happy memories at Stamford Bridge. Key Opta facts:- Tottenham ended a run of 27 league visits to Chelsea without a victory (D9 L18), winning there for the first time since February 1990.- Chelsea scored the first goal in a Premier League home game and went on to lose for the first time since April 1 2017 against Crystal Palace (1-2).- Tottenham have won more points in Premier League London derbies this season than any other side (16 – W5 D1 L2).- Seven of Alvaro Morata’s 11 Premier League goals this season have been headers, more than any other player has managed. read more
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 13, 2014 This story appears in the December 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Q: What’s the best way to drive tech innovation at my company?A: U.S. businesses spend hundreds of billions of dollars per year on R&D in an effort to improve products and processes. Beth Storz is part of that equation: As president of Minneapolis agency Ideas To Go, she helps companies establish successful innovation initiatives. We asked her to tell us how to implement technology upgrades so that everyone feels involved in the process.What department should be leading R&D?For baby steps, start with operations, which should be developing the innovations for the sales department to sell. The folks in operations can tackle the questions that lead to innovation—the ones that sales can’t: Can we make it? Do we need to make it? Can we use it? Can we afford it? And, most important, Can we make money from it?What absolutely doesn’t work is sitting around a table saying, “Let’s come up with something new, operations. Go innovate!”So the sales department has no say?That’s not to say sales should be left out of the process. After all, they have a unique perspective on the needs of the customer, firsthand information on what sells, what the consumer wants, and they know the competition.How do I get my employees and teams to think about adopting tech innovation?Make sure everyone has the right mindset. It’s easy to poke holes in any idea, so your team needs to suspend judgment. First, identify what’s good in an idea—what you like, where you see potential. Deal with the “Yes, buts,” such as “Yes, but it’s too expensive,” by turning those concerns into problems to solve like, “How might we make it more affordable?”This tricks the brain into coming up with solutions instead of blasting good ideas out of the sky.How does innovation-management software help? Most of these programs help you collect, organize and develop concepts. It allows multiple users to add ideas and tweak existing ones at any time. You can use it to quickly evaluate ideas and interest in them by allowing users to vote their co-workers’ or customers’ ideas up or down. And since everything added to the platform is warehoused, teams can build on concepts for evaluation whenever they’d like.OK, but how do I make sure it doesn’t turn into a company time suck?Designate specific goals, projects, initiatives, times and expectations. If it feels like you are wasting time, then open and shut the sessions so people have a time limit on when they can enter ideas and/or evaluate them.Any recommendations for additional tools that can help?The book Moneyball demonstrates how you can come up with something new and passionately go after it. Another book, Blue Ocean Strategy, is about creating true newness for your customers through innovation and what you can learn from outside your category. And the Front End of Innovation conference, held annually in Boston, features speakers and workshops dedicated to learning about and sharing innovation. Register Now »