The Masters: Kevin Na excels from tee to green, but 39 putts adds up to a 73 | Golf News

first_imgBall-striking masterclass from Na at Augusta National, apparently the first man to hit 18 greens in regulation at the Masters since 2009, but a poor day on the greens added up to a disappointing 73. By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 13/11/20 1:07am Kevin Na produced one of the most bizarre rounds in Masters history, hitting all 18 greens in regulation but struggling with the putter as he fired a one-over 73.Na’s form with the flat stick did not come close to matching his prowess from tee to green as he became the first player to hit every green in regulation for 11 years, according to stats supremo Justin Ray.But the 37-year-old needed 39 putts in what he referred to as “my new record” on his Instagram account, and he is believed to be the first player since records began some 30 years ago to shoot over par when not missing a green. According to the shot tracker on the official Masters app, Na missed six putts from inside 10 feet, including birdie chances from seven feet at the second and fourth.The irony is that Na was ranked fifth in the Strokes Gained – Putting statistics on the PGA Tour last season! Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month – Advertisement – Na made only one birdie and needed 39 putts in his 73 Na made only one birdie and needed 39 putts in his 73

Wolf to PA Congressmen: Reject Health Care Plan That Hurts Our Constituents, Especially Seniors

first_img Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today wrote to five Pennsylvania Congressmen on two key U.S. House committees to formally ask them to reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which the administration’s analysis says would cause serious harm to Pennsylvania seniors, individuals with disabilities, and populations with both Medicaid and private insurance. Governor Wolf requested each Congressman to both vote ‘no’ and ensure a more open and transparent process.The letters were sent to Representatives Tim Murphy, Ryan Costello, and Mike Doyle on the Energy and Commerce Committee and Representatives Pat Meehan and Mike Kelly on the Ways and Means Committee. Each letter details the broad impact to all of Pennsylvania and specific numbers of constituents in their districts.“For seven years, Republicans in Washington criticized the Obama Administration for rushing Obamacare through without the appropriate public vetting and yet Americans are being given less than seven days to fully understand the implications of this legislation on their health and households,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislation, as it stands today, would disrupt health care access and coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians.”“Currently there are more than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians enrolled in Medicaid, more than 700,000 of whom have only recently been able to access Medicaid through the expansion that I put in place immediately upon becoming Governor in 2015.”Governor Wolf took particular concern with the impact on older Pennsylvanians, particularly those between the ages of 50 to 64. This bill would allow insurance companies to charge these seniors five times more than others and would drastically cut subsidies for seniors, especially those with fixed or low incomes and in rural areas.“Seniors represent one of the fastest growing populations in Pennsylvania and shifting the burden of expensive health care costs on to them to offset costs for the rest of us is unfair and disingenuous,” Governor Wolf said. “These are individuals who have lived and worked in our communities, sometimes for their entire lives, and they will suddenly be at the mercy of health insurance companies who will no longer be restricted from charging them higher premiums than the rest of us.”Both the AARP and American Hospital Association have come out against the AHCA, specifically due to its negative impact on older Americans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, subsides for the average 60 year old Pennsylvanian would be reduced in all 67 counties for those with incomes of $30,000 or less. The vast majority of subsidies for this same population making $40,000 or less would also be reduced. For example, a 60 year old in Berks, Adams, or York County with an annual income of $20,000 would see their health care assistance cut by more than $11,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.Click here to read the full text of one of the letters sent today. Wolf to PA Congressmen: Reject Health Care Plan That Hurts Our Constituents, Especially Seniors SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 08, 2017last_img read more

Gold Coast four-level penthouse set to go under the hammer

first_imgIt features a spa, wet bar, study, sitting room and theatre. The ‘Sentinel’ Penthouse- 40 Riverview Parade, Surfers Paradise.This sky-home takes luxury to new heights.Welcome to the Sentinel on the River penthouse – four levels of grandeur in the Surfers Paradise riverside village of Budds Beach.The ‘Sentinel’ Penthouse- 40 Riverview Parade, Surfers Paradise.Homeowner Ann Foreman was initially drawn to the outlook when she bought the three-bedroom residence in 2011.“We had been looking for a penthouse that had spectacular views and also felt like home to us,” she says.The ‘Sentinel’ Penthouse- 40 Riverview Parade, Surfers Paradise.“The unique design of the building and the way it is situated on the main river with views of the ocean as well, really hooked us.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid Beach“We saw beautiful glittering views from every viewpoint at night with the ocean being the perfect backdrop rather than a view of blackness.”What a view!The apartment was designed for family living with plenty of areas to relax and unwind. Ms Foreman say she and her family spent plenty of time in the main living area.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago“The soaring double height ceilings in the main living area provide an openness to the views that can only be described by experiencing them,” she says.The ‘Sentinel’ Penthouse- 40 Riverview Parade, Surfers Paradise.“We enjoy this area for entertaining as well as for ourselves.“It is such a beautiful area to enjoy just sitting, relaxing and taking in the views that will never be lost.“We often sit in there and watch the whales popping up out of the ocean or the dolphins in the river.”The ‘Sentinel’ Penthouse- 40 Riverview Parade, Surfers Paradise.The house-like residence has three ensuited bedrooms, a home theatre, bar, office, gym and balconies on every level.“The home is designed to flow so well with the features cleverly worked into the expectations of a well-designed penthouse while keeping the feel of a welcoming home,” she says.She says the property, a true entertainer’s haven, had accommodated many memorable nights.“We recently had relatives staying from Ireland,” she says.The ‘Sentinel’ Penthouse- 40 Riverview Parade, Surfers Paradise.“They were so impressed with the views and features of our home that they insisted on hosting a dinner party for us in our own home.“They loved our kitchen and cooked up a storm. We had other family and friends join us as well as some house guests from Adelaide and we had such a fantastic meal around our large dining table with travel and family stories flowing.”The penthouse also has a 52-foot marina berth – perfect for boating enthusiasts.The Sentinel penthouse- 40 Riverview Parade, Surfers Paradise.last_img read more

Brisbane cottage sees a large crowd fill a small room, but proximity didn’t stifle strong bids

first_img32 Prince Street Paddington Brisbane Qld 4064The three bedrooms, renovated cottage checked off the tick list of smart real estate — close to cool urban facilities, city skyline glimpses and a reasonably level block with plenty of room to grow.Urban Property Agents principal Daniel Argent said, before the auction, he was expecting an impressive result.“People are just going crazy for cottages with renovation potential,” Mr Argent said.“We should have at least 10 bidders here which will probably be the highest number of bidders we’ve had at an auction this year,” he said.The home looked underwhelming from the outside — a simple floor plan with a tidy renovation — well maintained and highly rentable.But in Paddington it’s all about position and potential, and this home had both in spades.In the crowd were a number of recognisable property faces, including Rob Graya who’s company, Graya Constructions, is known for taking ordinary property and creating spectacular homes.Another was Property Pursuit principal Meighan Hetherington who was there to represent a client with plans to move from interstate to Brisbane.“Our clients are attracted to the position with the cafes and boutiques in Paddington — and Paddington, we think, is one of the suburbs that is undervalued currently,” Ms Hetherington said.Come auction time, 13 registered bidders were on the books, so action looked set to be frantic.And it was.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoMoments after auctioneer, Sam Devlin, called for an opening bid, Ms Hetherington raised the paddle at $815,000. The auction certainly filled the lounge.In the end, 15 registered bidders saw eight raise a paddle and 65 bids made from start to finish.Speaking after proceedings, Ms Hetherington said her clients were very pleased with the outcome.“The buyers are extremely happy with the purchase — they’re really looking forward to living in the Paddington community,” she said.Another family on its way to calling Brisbane home.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair Meighan Hetherington and Sam Devlin take care of business after the auction. Photo: AAP image, John Gass Meighan Hetherington of Property Pursuit opens the bidding at today’s event. Photo: AAP image/John Gass)After that the pace was furious but the increments slight. Most moves ranged from $5000 to $10,000 with eight parties giving it a try.When asked at $910,000 whether the property was now on the market, a glance and a nod between Mr Devlin and Mr Argent signalled the home was going to the highest bidder.With that information now out on the floor, offers ran hot again, but at even lesser degrees.Bids were from as low as $500 up to $4000.Ms Hetherington eventually proffered $961,000 and with everyone else silent, the home was declared sold. Auctioneer Sam Devlin of Apollo Auctions earned his keep at Paddington today. Photo: AAP image, John GassIN this instance, rain made for close quarters as a crow of around 50 huddled together in the lounge room of 32 Prince Street, Paddington to see the home go under the hammer.last_img read more

Scientists Discover New Link Between Marijuana Smoking And Testicular Cancer Risk

first_imgScience Alert 4 December 2019Family First Comment: Another good reason to avoid dope“The study found that men who smoked one marijuana cigarette, or joint, daily for 10 years or more had an estimated 36 percent increased risk of developing testicular cancer compared with men who had never smoked the substance.”There’s new evidence that a daily marijuana-smoking habit could increase your risk of testicular cancer.A study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open found that men who smoked one marijuana cigarette, or joint, daily for 10 years or more had an estimated 36 percent increased risk of developing testicular cancer compared with men who had never smoked the substance.To come to their conclusion, researchers analysed 25 studies that looked at the link between marijuana use and testicular cancer, lung cancer, oral cancer, and head and neck cancer.Though the researchers found no association between regular marijuana use and lung, neck, or oral cancer, they did find that regular weed smoking over many years could heighten a man’s risk of testicular cancer.Smoking marijuana releases cancer-causing substancesLike smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana releases carcinogens, or substances that can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer.That’s because cannabis, the plant marijuana is derived from, is like any other plant in that it burns and releases smoke when you light it, according to Dr. Jeffrey Chen, the director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.“When you combust any plant, you’re creating significantly more carcinogens,” Chen previously told Insider.READ MORE: https://www.sciencealert.com/men-who-smoke-marijuana-daily-may-be-more-likely-to-get-testicular-cancerKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Ighalo, Maguire strikes send Man Utd into FA Cup semi-finals

first_imgManchester United moved into the FA Cup semi-finals as Harry Maguire’s strike late in extra time clinched a 2-1 win over 10-man Norwich on Saturday.Advertisement Loading… It seemed certain Godfrey would score but instead the defender could only accidently deflect the ball away from the United goal.Norwich kept pressing and drew level in the 75th minute when Cantwell’s 20-yard strike swerved away from slow-to-react United keeper Sergio Romero.Suddenly in the ascendency, Norwich almost won it in the final minutes when Buendia shot just past the far post.But with extra time looming, Fernandes’ superb flick found Ighalo on the edge of the area and Klose’s panicked response, hauling down the Nigerian, triggered a red card from referee Jonathan Moss.Krul made good saves to keep out efforts from United substitutes Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood in a frantic finale.With five subs allowed since the lockdown and an additional one given to teams who go to extra time in the FA Cup, United become the first English side to make six changes in the same game when Anthony Martial replaced Eric Bailly.Harry Maguire led Manchester United into the FA Cup semi-finalsRead Also: Video: Liverpool stars wildly celebrate first ever EPL title winUnited dominated extra time and Marcus Rashford’s strike was pushed over by Krul, who made an even better save to stop Maguire’s header.Maguire wasn’t to be denied and in the 118th minute United’s pressure finally told as the England defender poked home from close range after Ighalo flicked on.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had to work hard for their place in the last four as Todd Cantwell forced extra time by cancelling out Odion Ighalo’s opener at Carrow Road.Norwich defender Timm Klose was sent off for hauling down Ighalo in the 89th minute and that eventually tipped the balance in United’s favour.They gradually wore Norwich down and England defender Maguire pounced to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions.United, who won their 12th and most recent FA Cup in 2016, remain on course to reach the final for the second time in three years.Exactly 114 days after United won at Derby in the fifth round on March 5, the FA Cup returned following the coronavirus hiatus with the competition’s first ever match in June.Solskjaer made eight changes as only Maguire, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes survived from the midweek Premier League win against Sheffield United.United’s stand-ins were out of sync for much of a first half that followed the pattern of many post-lockdown matches, both teams lacking energy and invention.In a rare threat, Maguire had to stop Lukas Rupp’s shot with an alert block after Cantwell’s run opened up the visitors’ defence.Solskjaer’s team finally awoke from their slumber after the interval and grabbed the lead in the 51st minute.Luke Shaw’s cross was helped on by Juan Mata and Ighalo sniffed out the chance, flicking an agile finish past Tim Krul from inside the six-yard box.The Nigerian has scored in each of his four United starts, making it five goals in 11 appearances since he arrived from Shanghai Shenhua in January.– Frantic finale –Norwich were playing in their first FA Cup quarter-final since 1992, but Canaries boss Daniel Farke had dampened the mood when he insisted they had no chance of winning the competition.Despite Farke’s pessimism, Norwich nearly equalised when Ben Godfrey stretched to reach Alexander Tettey’s header from Emiliano Buendia’s free-kick. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

Martinez aware of Palace pitfall

first_img Their focus may be at the other end of the table but the Eagles’ third win in a row against Aston Villa at the weekend just about ensured their survival. It is a remarkable achievement given the club looked destined for relegation when Tony Pulis took over as manager in November. Martinez said: “Momentum and confidence, those are the words you can feel in the dressing room, but we know how difficult it’s going to be. “The mind is very much set on the challenges that we have. Two away games and three massive home games, which start on Wednesday with Crystal Palace. “In my eyes they have probably the best defensive set-up in this league, especially since Tony Pulis arrived at the club, they don’t concede many goals, if any, and now they are probably in one of the best runs of their season with three straight wins. “We’re well aware that we need to create a special atmosphere under the floodlights and make sure we are really strong helping the players to face a very difficult fixture.” Palace had picked up only four points from their first 11 games when former Stoke boss Pulis took the job. Since then they have won 10 matches and kept 11 clean sheets, conceding an average of less than a goal a game. Martinez said of his opposite number: “It comes with his experience. “He’s accumulated a very strong method of working. You can see how hard the team works and how well organised they are and the defensive set-up is impressive. “We know what to expect, and the biggest compliment I can pay to Tony Pulis is that, even though you know what to expect, it’s very difficult to compete against it.” Victory over Sunderland was notable not just because of what it meant for Everton’s league position but also because it took them to 66 points, a new Premier League record for the club. They have not won eight consecutive league matches for 29 years, but Martinez is making sure his players’ focus is firmly on the bigger picture. He said: ” I’m really excited that we’ve just broken the highest points tally in the history of the Premier League, and as a club that’s an incredible achievement from the players. “I expect a great welcome at Goodison, and from that point on it has to be a real focus on the tough job in hand. “All we want is to make sure we fight with everything we’ve got for every point available from now until the end of the season. “At the moment we’ve got a very good points tally, which allows us to fight for a footballing dream, and that’s what we’re going to carry on doing. “It’s not about runs or stats, it’s how many points we end up with on May 11.” Martinez will pick from the same squad he had at Sunderland, with captain Phil Jagielka still not quite ready to come back after a hamstring problem. Teenager John Stones has been hugely impressive in Jagielka’s absence, but Martinez insists there will be no selection headache. “He’s our club captain and as soon as he’s ready he’s straight back in the team,” the Spaniard said of Jagielka. “We need him immensely. He’s been very influential even when he hasn’t been on the pitch. He’s always had a real presence in the dressing room with wise words towards the young players in the squad.” Press Association The Toffees moved ahead of Arsenal in the battle to qualify for the Champions League with a seventh victory in a row over Sunderland on Saturday. Another five wins from their remaining matches would guarantee Everton a place in the top four for only the second time in the Premier League era, with Palace the first of those tests, at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is all too aware of the threat Crystal Palace pose to his side’s top-four dreams.last_img read more

Martin sees his baby boy born before delivering draw for Norwich at Liverpool

first_img It emerged after the final whistle of the 1-1 draw at Anfield that Martin had made an overnight dash from Liverpool to Norwich, and had been at the birth this morning before catching a flight back north to score for the Canaries. Martin’s brother, actor Jamie Martin, wrote on Twitter: ” My bro is my hero today. No sleep. And he still scores! Go Russ” Ings’ style has been referred to as ‘Suarez-lite’ and while he may have a long way to go to match the brilliance of the Uruguay international’s time at Anfield he is at least on the road to matching one record of the South American, who scored 12 times in just six appearances against the Canaries – including three hat-tricks. Ings took his goal well and could have won it late on but could not quite get his foot around the ball having squeezed through a couple of tackles. The 23-year-old arrived at Anfield in the summer – for a fee still to be decided by a tribunal – as fourth-choice forward but has already overtaken £10million Divock Origi and if he can form anything like the devastating partnership Sturridge had with Suarez then there could be further promotion to follow. Rodgers jettisoned his 4-3-3 formation in favour of 3-4-1-2 a full three months earlier than he made the change last season which sparked a marked upturn in results. Now, as then, it did not get off to the best start with a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United but if it is a way to get two strikers into the team then Rodgers may have to persevere with it. It also brought the best out of Alberto Moreno, starting his first league match of the season, who was a bundle of pace and energy from left wing-back. But familiar frailties were exposed as Martin punished a weakness at set-pieces and Philippe Coutinho, who squandered a one-on-one with John Ruddy, and Ings could not retrieve the situation. Mignolet partly redeemed himself with a good save from Jarvis but it was another two points dropped at home after being beaten 3-0 by West Ham on their last outing here. Norwich played a compact game and did not create much but having been presented with a gift they gratefully accepted. TWEET OF THE MATCH @chazaustin9 “Congratulations @IngsDanny first of many lad” – QPR striker Charlie Austin is pleased for his former Burnley team-mate. PLAYER RATINGS Liverpool SIMON MIGNOLET: 5 NATHANIEL CLYNE: 6 MARTIN SKRTEL: 6 MAMADOU SAKHO: 6 ALBERTO MORENO: 7 LUCAS LEIVA: 6 JAME MILNER: 5 EMRE CAN: 5 PHILIPPE COUTINHHO: 5 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE: 5 DANIEL STURRIDGE: 5 Substitutes ROBERTO FIRMINO (on for Lucas, 72): 5 ADAM LALLANA (on for Sturridge, 63): 5 DANNY INGS (on for Benteke, 46): 8 Norwich JOHN RUDDY: 6 STEVEN WHITTAKER: 6 RUSSELL MARTIN: 7 SEBASTIEN BASSONG: 6 JONNY HOWSON: 6 ALEXANDER TETTEY: 5 GRAHAM DORRENS: 6 CAMERON JEROME: 6 ROBBIE BRADY: 5 MATT JARVIS: 6 NATHAN REDMOND: 6 Substitutes LEWIS GRABBAN (on for Jerome, 71): 6 GARY O’NEIL (on for Dorrans, 85) 5 STAR PLAYER Danny Ings: Injected some much-needed attacking bite at half-time. Took his goal well and his constant running and pestering were a constant problem for Norwich. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Simon Mignolet’s weak punch at a 61st-minute corner presented Norwich with their equaliser. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Brendan Rodgers changed his formation for the game, tinkered with it during the game but his most influential substitution – that of Ings – was enforced because of Christian Benteke’s tight hamstring. MOAN OF THE MATCH Another shot-shy performance from a team with ambitions of rejoining the top four. Set-up of the Liverpool side looked more balanced but they still struggled to break down Norwich. WHO’S UP NEXT Liverpool v Carlisle (Capital One Cup, Wednesday September 23) Norwich v West Brom (Capital One Cup, Wednesday September 23) Liverpool striker Danny Ings eclipsed the return of Daniel Sturridge by coming off the bench to score against Norwich – but Russell Martin trumped both with the equaliser just hours after the birth of his son. The heroics put the efforts of others into perspective, although it remained a day to remember for half-time substitute Ings who needed just three minutes to coolly slot home his first goal for Liverpool in front of the Kop. However, when Simon Mignolet flapped at a corner, Martin flicked home to make it 1-1. It was a familiar story of not being able to hold onto a lead – a much-changed side did exactly the same in the Europa League against Bordeaux in midweek – and while goals are still at a premium it is proving costly. After seven points from their opening three matches Liverpool have taken one from the last three and are 13th in the table, seven adrift of leaders Manchester City. It may have been premature for Norwich fans to sing ‘Getting sacked in the morning’ to Brendan Rodgers but there is no doubt the Reds boss is coming under increasing scrutiny. Sturridge’s return, having not appeared since April 8 after hip surgery, was supposed to provide some relief from that but he will take time to rediscover his old self, although an hour’s play will have helped. But it was his fellow striker Ings who injected some much-needed dynamism into an attack which had scored just three times in five previous league matches. His busy play and relentless running is rapidly winning him plenty of admirers and if he can ally regular goals to that there will be greater adulation to follow. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Controversy has humbled me and I value India cap even more: KL Rahul

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bengaluru: The harrowing time that he faced in the wake of a chat show controversy has “humbled him a little bit”, feels opener KL Rahul, who now values his India cap more than ever before. Both Rahul and Hardik Pandya were provisionally suspended for their loose comments on women during a popular chat show. Their bans were later revoked pending inquiry.The off-field controversy erupted after Rahul endured a dismal run in the four-Test series in Australia but he is back in the national team after finding his feet with the India A side. “It was a hard time no doubt. I mean, as a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that and I like I said it gave me time to reflect on my game, on myself. I  have always been someone who takes things as it comes,” said Rahul after the second T20 International.India lost the short series 0-2 but Rahul made a successful comeback with scores of 47 and 50. After he was sent back from Australia, Rahul was given the opportunity to regain form in the India A home series against England Lions and he made it count.Asked if the entire controversy has changed him as a person, the 26-year-old said: ”It has humbled me a little bit and you know. I respect the opportunity that I have gotten to play for the country. The dream of every kid is to play for the country and I am no different.“Just to value where I am, just to keep making opportunities count and put my head down and keep working on my cricket,” said the man from Karnataka.Rahul said the India A stint under coach Rahul Dravid helped him immensely.“I got some time off from international cricket, so I could come back to India and reflect on what was not going right for me. Fortunately, I got to play some India A games where the pressure is a bit less and where I could focus on my skill and my technique,” said Rahul.“I got to spend a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped a lot in the five games I played for India A. The time I have spent in the middle has helped.  It is nice to be back with the boys and back in blue,” the relief was palpable as he spoke.Rahul hopes that it is a blessing in disguise that he courted controversy early in his international career.“I hope so. Things happen like I said. Four-five years with Team India . Learnt about the game, where I stand as a cricketer, as a person so just try to get better from there and be consistent and keep performing.”Rahul admitted that he felt the pressure after making a comeback into the Indian team.“There was little bit of pressure as I have been away from team. But I came into the series with a little bit of runs, so yeah happy to be back.”India were not able to defend 190 for four on Wednesday and ended up being outplayed in the series. Local hero Rahul said chasing at Chinnaswamy in the night becomes easier with dew factor playing out.“In the second innings, dew always has an effect. We have seen that in Chinnaswamy. If you see the stadium’s history, chasing has been easier. But can’t take credit from Glenn Maxwell.“He (Maxwell) played a very good innings. Our bowlers tried their best but with a wet ball, it was always hard,” said Rahul, adding that India will have to find a way to contain Maxwell in the five-match ODI series starting on March 2.  last_img read more