Tendulkar plays for the fans, like I do: Bolt

first_imgYearning to see Sachin Tendulkar play, Olympic and world champion sprinter Usain Bolt on Wednesday said he can relate to the Indian cricket icon when it comes to dedication and aggression.Asked about the qualities he admires in Tendulkar, Bolt said, “Tendulkar is obviously dedicated. He is aggressive but calculated and knows how to make runs.””He (Tendulkar) also plays for the fans … really similar to what I do,” Bolt told a news agency in an e-mail interview.Tendulkar recently met tennis great Roger Federer during the ongoing Wimbledon Championships in London and Bolt said he would be game for a similar meeting with the Indian.”I hope to be able to watch him play sometime in future but I don’t have any plans to meet him at the moment. He is always welcome to come and watch me run,” said the Jamaican triple Olympic and World Championships gold medallist.Bolt described Tendulkar as one of the greatest cricketers but picked fellow West Indian Vivian Richards as the greatest of all time.Asked to take his pick among Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Vivian Richards, Garfield Sobers and Shane Warne, Bolt said, “That is a difficult one, they were all great in their time, but I think I would give the edge to Sir Vivian Richards.”Bolt said just like Tendulkar, he also has to deal with the expectations of millions of his fans but the adulation motivates him.”I use it (pressure of expectation) as a positive. It is nice when so many people are interested in what you do and concerned by the outcome. I find it motivating,” said Bolt, the world record holder (9.58secs) in 100m.advertisementBolt’s famous ‘bow and arrow’ celebration pose was imitated by the Indian cricket team during the recent World Cup and he said he felt honoured.”It is a great honour when someone else copies my pose. I have seen it in cricket and football and it makes me smile every time,” he said.Bolt explained that his running schedule was the reason he skipped the Commonwealth Games here last year but would look forward to run in India in future.”The Commonwealth Games could not have been part of my schedule due to the time of year when they were staged. I normally end my season in September, rest in October and then start training in November for the following season. I would like to run in India in the future,” he said.”My coach and agent make all decisions about where I race. We look at the overall picture taking into consideration our major goals. Nobody tries to influence us to run in competitions that are not part of the schedule.”last_img read more

Cab owner killed while trying to stop vehicle loot

first_imgKolkata: Kundan Maharaj (24), who was driving his own cab while ferrying some passengers to Burdwan from Howrah, has been murdered when he resisted their attempt to loot the vehicle.He was a resident of Howrah’s Liluah. The accused are believed to be car lifters, who booked the vehicle under the pretext of going to Shaktigarh.According to the investigation, police came to know that four youths boarded the vehicle from Howrah and told the victim, who is also the owner of the car, that they would go to Shaktigarh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe family members of the victim told the police that when he reached Shaktigarh, the youths asked him to drive 10 kms further towards Burdwan side. Maharaj then captured some photographs of the passengers and sent to his father through social a networking app on Saturday night.Police on Saturday night recovered the body of the victim that was lying on National Highway 2. There were several stab marks in his abdomen. The car was found at a distance of around 10 km from the place where the body was spotted. A sharp weapon was also found inside the vehicle which was carrying blood stains. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAccording to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the miscreants stabbed the victim and dumped him on the road side. Then they sped up the vehicle in an attempt to loot it. On their way, they met with an accident as the vehicle was at a top speed. When the car met with an accident, the accused youths fled the spot leaving the vehicle there.Police suspect that the miscreants might be a part of interstate car smuggling racket. Police have seized the car and recovered the mobile phone of the victim. The family members called up the victim several times but the phone remained unanswered until the district police recovered his body. They have started a detailed probe and are conducting raids.last_img read more