New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has criticised his players’ decision-making in India after the one-day side were thrashed in the final match of the tour. (Latest Cricket stories)New Zealand were swept 3-0 in the Test series and lost the following one-day tournament 3-2 in demoralising fashion, belted by 190 runs in the decider in Visakhapatnam on Saturday after their batsmen were skittled for 79.Hesson’s side now turn their attention to a big home summer, which starts with two Tests against Pakistan, followed by further Test series against an improving Bangladesh and South Africa.The Black Caps will also play one-day series against Bangladesh, Australia and South Africa.”We won two of our last three games, which suggests we did get better, but last night was very, very frustrating,” Hesson told New Zealand’s Radio Sport Breakfast.”We have spent time dwelling on it, making sure that sort of thing doesn’t happen again.”When things went bad we made some very, very poor decisions. We expect more of the new players as well as the experienced players in those situations.”But the reality is, every team struggles in India whether they are from the subcontinent or not. They are incredibly difficult to beat at home.”HESSON PROMISES SWEEPING CHANGESNew Zealand reached the final of the one-day World Cup in Australia last year under former captain Brendon McCullum but are in the throes of transition under new skipper Kane Williamson.Hesson said opener Tom Latham and all-rounder Mitchell Santner had shown they were “good enough” in Indian conditions but he expected to make a number of changes during the home summer’s one-day tournaments.advertisement”We lost over 1,000 matches (in experience) from our World Cup squad,” he said. “We have got 36 ODIs coming up and we will try some different players.”It will be similar to the last World Cup (cycle) where we will look at a lot of different players then pull them all together towards the end.”We need to replace five or six key players and have been able to blood some new ones.”New Zealand play the first Test against Pakistan in Christchurch from November 17.
Moeen Ali is proving to be an ideal cog in the wheel for England in the Test format by contributing with both bat and ball. In the ongoing Rajkot Test against India, Moeen notched up his first away Test hundred and fourth overall before falling to Mohammad Shami for 117 on day two.The batting allrounder may not come across as someone with a perfect batting technique but he is definitely dependable in the middle order. Against Indian bowlers, especially against the spinners, Moeen looked comfortable and stitched a crucial 179-run partnership with Joe Root (124). (Rajkot Test: Joe Root, Moeen Ali shine for England as India toil)Moeen has been a thorn in India’s flesh. During India’s tour of England in 2014, Moeen troubled the Indian batsmen with his gentle off-spinners and returned with 19 wickets from five Tests. In the second innings of the third Test in Southampton, he ran through the Indian line-up by picking up six wickets and ending with match figures of 8-129.Moeen Ali finished with match figures of 8-129 against India in the Southampton Test in 2014. (Reuters Photo) By slamming a century in the first Test, has Moeen sounded the alarm bell for India? Moreover, he is warming up well to fill up the void created by Graeme Swann with his all-round contributions. In the last series, Indian batsmen struggled against Moeen on England pitches and could have a tough time here with conditions favouring spinners. (Rajkot Test, Day 1: India vs England, As It Happened)Moeen is here to stay for England and has come a long way since making his debut in 2014 against Sri Lanka in Lord’s. However, the five-Test series against India would be an ideal learning curve for Moeen, who still has a long road ahead of him in the longer format of the game. advertisement
Uncapped Auckland fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been named in New Zealand’s squad for their one-day series against Australia next month. (Australia’s John Hastings shocked following axe)The 25-year-old, who local media have reported bowls in excess of 150 kph, is the only new cap in the squad for the Chappell-Hadlee series with the 2015 World Cup winners.”Lockie has been impressive on the domestic scene and bowls at a pace which gives our bowling attack a different option,” selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement.Ferguson’s elevation to the squad was undoubtedly due to an injury to fellow fast bowler Adam Milne, who also regularly exceeds 150 kph.Opening batsman Martin Guptill has been recalled for the three matches in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne after being dropped from the Test squad for the ongoing Pakistan series.Auckland all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme, who was man of the match on his Test debut against Pakistan last week, and Colin Munro have also been recalled.Legspinner Todd Astle, dropped for the second Test against Pakistan in Hamilton when left arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner regained fitness after a broken wrist, has also been recalled for the series starting on December 4 in Sydney.TAYLOR TO UNDERGO EYE SURGERYRoss Taylor is to undergo eye surgery next week after the Pakistan Test and was not considered.”Todd and Colin de Grandhomme have both been in our thinking for ODIs and their ability with bat and ball gives the squad an important balance,” Larsen added.”Its good to see Colin Munro return and immediately have an impact for Auckland. He’s shown how dynamic a batsman he is, so its great to have him available again, especially in Ross’s absence.”advertisementNew Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, BJ Watling.
Craig Goodwin continued his impressive form to lead Adelaide United to a 3-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners for their first victory of the A-League season.Goodwin scored a brace and provided an assist for Apostolos Stamatelopoulos to help Marco Kurz’s men to their win in Gosford on Sunday.The performance came just five days after Goodwin led Adelaide to FFA Cup glory with a spectacular brace in a final win over Sydney FC. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His latest double marked Goodwin’s seventh and eighth goals in seven competitive games since his return to Adelaide.With their win, Adelaide moved into third in the table on five points, while the Mariners are second-bottom.Adelaide made a dream start thanks to Goodwin, who headed in a Stamatelopoulos cross at the near post in the ninth minute.Craig Goodwin just can’t stop scoring!#CCMvADL #ALeague @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/N1jkLOHH31— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) November 4, 2018 That duo combined again just six minutes later, Stamatelopoulos tapping in a cutback from Goodwin, who was released by Scott Galloway.While the Mariners built into the contest, Goodwin was gifted a second goal in the 56th minute.Goodwin’s curling free-kick from 25 yards appeared relatively harmless, but Mariners goalkeeper Ben Kennedy allowed the strike to slip through his hands and into the top corner.Central Coast were perhaps unlucky not to have a penalty on the hour mark, but Adelaide were largely comfortable in seeing out their maiden win of the league campaign, with Ryan Kitto also squandering two good chances late on.
Justice RM Lodha today hailed the landmark order delivered by the Supreme Court which axed BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts. (How BCCI lost control of cricket in India: A timeline)The two top BCCI officials were defiant and did not implement the Lodha reforms despite a clear order by the apex court. (BCCI boss Anurag Thakur sacked. Will Sourav Ganguly take over?)The Lodha panel had been appointed on January 15 in the aftermath of the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. There was consequently immense pressure on the board to implement the reforms.Lodha, speaking to India Today, said he was happy and reiterated that there could have been no middle path in the implementation of the reforms after the Supreme Court had delivered an order. (Anurag Thakur’s removal was a logical consequence: Justice RM Lodha)Lodha, said once the July 2016 order was passed, his committee started proceeding in earnest. He said had BCCI implemented the order, this day would not have come. “One should understand that the order of the highest court has to be implemented. Had they implemented the order of the Supreme Court, this day would not have come,” Lodha told India Today. “Unfortunately the BCCI did not implement the order. This is the first step by the Supreme Court in ensuring that its July 2016 order be implemented.”Lodha also said that his report was about structural changes and it had nothing to do with individuals. “People come and they go.” “It’s a victory for the game of cricket. Administrators will come and go and I am sure the game will flourish,” Lodha said.advertisementLodha said the Indian board was bound to follow the Supreme Court order as early as July.”This was logical consequence. The BCCI was bound to follow Supreme Court order in July,” he said.#WATCH: Victory for cricket, administrators come & go but ultimately its for the game’s benefit says Justice Lodha on Thakur/Shirke removal pic.twitter.com/mmic3v09zx ANI (@ANI_news) January 2, 2017Meanwhile, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi said the Supreme Court’s historic order was great news for Indian sport.”We all welcome the move. Even the cricket following public should now know what kind of darkness they were in. We are grateful to the Supreme Court and Chief Justice of India Thakur for showing us the light.”There is no room for debate now. This is great news for Indian sport and cricket in particular,” he told the press.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court made it clear that defiant heads of state associations who did not agree to implement the Lodha reforms would also be removed.Gopal Subramanium and Fali Nariman will now suggest names for an interim Committee. India Today also learnt that the seniormost vice president will be president.The Supreme Court also said BCCI office bearers over 70 years or whose office period has extended for over nine years or those who have a criminal conviction should be removed.The next hearing will take place in January 19 when names of the interim board will be decided.
A local court in Karachi on Tuesday issued arrest warrant against former star cricketer Wasim Akram, after he failed to appear before the court during last 31 hearings of a case.Akram himself had lodged the case in August last year at Bahadurabad police station against Major (retd) Amirur Rehman and others.The court issued bailable warrant against Akram and asked him to appear before the court on January 17, Dawn reported.On August 6, 2016, Akram’s Mercedes was shot at on Karachi’s Karsaz Road while the former ace bowler was on his way to the National Stadium Karachi to conduct a training session for young bowlers.The shooting incident took place after Akram got into a minor car accident.Following the mishap, the former Pakistan cricket captain had asked the driver to pull over. A heated discussion had ensued and the suspect, who was sitting in the back seat, came out of the car and fired a shot which hit Akram’s vehicle.Later, after filing the case against him, Major Rehman had managed to get pre-arrest bail from the court. Subsequently, he also wrote a letter to the legendary cricketer, seeking pardon unconditionally.
Hello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the first T20 International between India and England at Kanpur. (Scorecard)A clinical performance by England to go 1-0 up in the 3-match T20I series. The tourists got a brisk start in pursuit of the modest target but both openers departed in the same over to Chahal to give India a glimmer of hope. Skipper Morgan though ensured that there was no comeback for the hosts as rattled a blistering fifty. His partnership with Root virtually sealed the game for England. The captain departed at the brink but Root and Stokes completed the formalities.Chahal was the only Indian bowler who had a good outing while the others all copped a lot of stick. There wasn’t enough runs on the board but the Indian bowlers never tried enough, often faltering in their lengths. Full marks to England’s bowlers who did their homework well earlier in the afternoon to restrict India to a below par score. Back to back wins for England on the tour now after the ODI win in Kolkata.Kohli after the match: “England played better cricket than us today. With the ball, in the field and they bat, they outperformed us. Credit to their bowlers. They bowled really good, hard lengths. We would have liked to have execute things later on. We were 30-35 runs short. There are things we need to address. I have confidence in Chahal. He bowls with the new ball at RCB. He has a wicket taking ability. He took it to the 18th over and pulled it back to us. We need to not stress too much. We should enjoy playing T20 cricket. We won’t put too much pressure on the youngsters.”advertisementMorgan after the match: “I thought our bowlers were outstanding tonight. Everyone executed their plans. Moeen Ali showed a lot of resolve on this pitch. Mills and Jordan put their hands up and performed their roles. They executed brilliantly. It’s a huge credit to the bowlers. Whenever you’re chasing a low total, getting off to a flier helps. It gives the later batsmen time to adapt. Billings has taken his opportunities and there’s great competition for places.” England captain Eoin Morgan: “I thought the team were outstanding. The bowlers executed brilliantly & made it very hard for India.” #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/gC6wlbPQWV England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 2017 Moeen Ali has been declared the man of the match after claiming 2/21. England’s bowlers won it for them. Ensured batsmen didn’t have much to do. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2017 19.39 IST: And England win the first T20I against India by 7 wickets.That’ll do nicely ?? England win by 7?? wickets! Joe Root finishes 46 not out #INDvENG ??? ??? pic.twitter.com/DGMzZaWIjK England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201719.35 IST: England 138/3(17.2) – Root 36* & Stokes 2*19.31 IST: Root escapes a close dismissal as he goes for a big heave over leg. But it turns out to be no ball. 19.25 IST: Ben Stokes walks out to bat.19.25 IST: OUT! Morgan gets dismissed after reaching 50 off 37 balls, 1 four & 4 sixes. England 126/319.16 IST: SIX! Just a touch short and Morgan smashes over mid-wicket for six . England at 114-2 off 14 overs chasing 148.19.01 IST: England 76/2 at the half way stage chasing 148.18.58 IST: SIX! Chahal to Morgan, it is a six. Tossed up outside off, Morgan kneels and slog sweeps it over square leg for a maximum. 18.51 IST: England 62-2 off 8 overs chasing 148.18.47 IST: England 56-2 off 6.5 overs chasing 148.18.41 IST: Joe Root walks in at No. 3 while Eoin Morgan replaces Billings.18.36 IST: ANOTHER WICKET! England lose their second wicket as Chahal strikes again! Billings is bowled for 22. England 43/2 off 3.518.33 IST: WICKET! Chahal backed himself to beat Roy and he’s done it. This one kept a touch low, Roy looks to heave over cover, gets a bottom edge and that’s crashed back into the stumps. Just what India neededWICKET Roy smashes Chahal for six then is bowled next ball for 19. England 42-1 off 3.2 chasing 148 #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/XvyuRnSG5n England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201718.30 IST: SIX! Billings kneels and scoops it over fine leg. Clears the rope with ease and that’s a maximum.(AP image) 18.25 IST: FOUR! Billings slices it over Chahal at cover-point.18.15 IST: Roy and Billings open up.We’ll soon find out! Sam Billings & Jason Roy open up for England – 148 the target. Go well lads… #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/lPiqCD0ms1 pic.twitter.com/rICIjLOBix England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201718.05 IST: England restrict India to 147. It was a brilliant bowling performance from England with Ali being the standout while Jordan and Mills were excellent too, especially at the death. Stokes and Plunkett were slightly expensive but picked vital wickets.advertisementHere are the lowest totals successfully defended by India in T20Is: Total Opponent Venue Year Margin of win 138-6 Zimbabwe Harare 2016 3 runs 146-7 Bangladesh Bangalore 2016 1 run 152-6 South Africa Colombo RPS 2012 1 run 153-5 South Africa Durban 2007 37 runs 155-3 Sri Lanka Pallekele 2012 39 runs 157-5 Pakistan Johannesburg 2007 5 runs18.04 IST: India 147/7 in 20 overs vs England in Kanpur. Dhoni 36*, Raina 34, Kohli 29, Moeen 2/2118.03 IST: OUT! Rasool sacrifices himself! Full and outside off, Dhoni blasts it to Morgan at extra cover. Obviously, he never wanted a single but Rasool is way down the track already. Too late to return back as the throw from Morgan is easily collected by Jordan who does the rest.WICKET! Parvez Rasool is run out by Jordan for 5 – India 145-7 with 2 balls remaining… #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/lPiqCD0ms1 pic.twitter.com/CbfZlsZzIT England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201718.01 IST: Four! Dhoni takes 3 consecutive fours. He has a strike rate of 116.8 in overs 16-20. 17.53 IST: India 125/6 – Dhoni 17* and Rasool 3*17.50 IST: The debutant, Parvez Rasool, comes out to bat.17.48 IST: WICKET: Pandya is out c Sam Billings b Tymal Mills, 129.5 km/h short length outside off stump. It was Mill’s first international wicket!That feeling when you take your 1??st international wicket…Congratulations @tmills15! #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/UTCgRwpYzA England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201717.44 IST: India 114/5 – Dhoni 12* & Pandya 8*17.41 IST: Four! Dhoni hits a four to help troubled India17.39 IST: Hardik Pandya walks in.17.33 IST: Fifth wicket: India in trouble as they lose half their side. Manish Pandey gets dismissed for 3. India: 105/5(14.4)WICKET! Another for Mo! He traps Pandey in front for 3 – India 98-5 off 13.2 overs #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/lPiqCD0ms1 pic.twitter.com/Tj5QVG1neS England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 2017 17.25 IST: OUT! Raina (34) is dismissed by Ben Stokes. India: 97/4 off 12.5WICKET! Ben Stokes strikes! Suresh Raina’s bowled behind his legs & goes for 34 – India 95-4 #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/lPiqCD0ms1 pic.twitter.com/iuuTfLtxg2 England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201717.20 IST: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the new man in. India: 87/317.17 IST: WICKET: Plunkett dismisses Yuvraj Singh (12), caught by Adil Rashid. WICKET! And another! Rashid takes a superb catch off Plunkett to dismiss Yuvraj for 12 – India 75-3 #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/lPiqCD0ms1 pic.twitter.com/wffjk3c5gj England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201717.10 IST: Four! Raina strikes a smooth four17.05 IST: Virat Kohli (29) is out! He went for a wristy flick through mid-wicket, but didn’t keep it on the floor, and Morgan shows his security in the field to take a solid catch.WICKET! It’s the big one! Moeen Ali gets Virat Kohli caught at midwicket with his first ball for 29! ???India 55-2 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/wUBy5lnnqO England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201716.59 IST: India 50/1 in 6.2 as the hosts progress.16.57 IST: Raina begins his campaign with 2 fours.16.52 IST: Suresh Raina, making a comeback after almost an year, walks in. India advertisement16.50 IST: OUT! India loses their first wicket as Rahul gets dismissed by Jordan, caught by Adil Rashid.WICKET! Chris Jordan makes the breakthrough! KL Rahul caught by Adil Rashid for 8 – India 34-1 #INDvENGLIVE: https://t.co/lPiqCD0ms1 pic.twitter.com/qYGbGUDX5Q England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201716.44 IST: India 30/0 in 3 overs.16.38 IST: Four! Kohli is in form today as he hits another four.16.34 IST: Kohli misses the free-hit ball by Jordan. He swings his bat hard without watching the ball closely and misses.16.34 IST: Another Four! Takes the aerial route! Short and width on offer, Rahul cuts it over backward point and the ball races to the fence. 10 runs off the over!16.31 IST: Four! Kohli begins with a four on the third ball.16.29 IST: Virat Kohli has walked out to open with Lokesh Rahul.#TeamIndia for the 1st T20I against England in Kanpur #INDvENG @paytm pic.twitter.com/I8bYYj1qGS BCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 201716.20 IST: Virat Kohli says that he would have bowled first too but maintains that toss isn’t something a captain can control. Hopes that his side can start well and do the basics right. Reflects on the good mix of youth and experience in the side as a good point for the team. Expects that it will be a very good batting pitch. Says that PARVEZ RASOOL is making his debut. Mandeep Singh, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant are the ones missing out.(BCCI image) 16.18 IST: Eoin Morgan says that it feels that the win in the final ODI series was a confidence booster and adds that it was a hardly fought duel there. He hopes that his side can keep up the winning momentum in this series as well. 16.09 IST: India XI: L Rahul, V Kohli, MS Dhoni, Y Singh, M Pandey, H Pandya, S Raina, P Rasool, Y Chahal, A Nehra, J Bumrah16.04 IST: England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root(c), Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tymal MillsMorning from Kanpur! It’s T20 time ?? England win the toss & bowl. Tymal Mills plays & Joe Root is back #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/sUs04Xf47B England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 26, 201716.01 IST: England win toss, opt to bowl first.England have won the toss and they will field first. @ImParveezRasool makes his T20I debut #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm pic.twitter.com/ALdzCEsJ4a BCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2017 Preview:As India switch gears to the shortest format, all eyes will be on the likes of seasoned campaigners Suresh Raina and Ashish Nehra — making a comeback after almost a year’s lay-off — when the Men-in-Blue take on England in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket series, starting with the first game at the Green Park Stadium here on Thursday.Proud moment for @ImParveezRasool as he gets his T20I India cap on #RepublicDay #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/Ac44QBryKW BCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2017Having pocketed the One-Day International (ODI) series 2-1, the Virat Kohli-led hosts will be aiming to make the most of their limited overs experience, as the T20I rubber is the last before the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy from June 1. (All eyes on Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra in first T20I vs England)??? ?? ? ??? ?? ?-? ???? #RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/1b6pXsD2dw BCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2017In between, India will be playing a one-off Test against Bangladesh before the four-match gruelling Test series against the visiting Australians next month. Following that, will be the Indian Premier League (IPL) from April 3 to May 26, which will leave the national team very little time to regroup for the Champions Trophy in England.The T20I series will also provide players, including the 30-year-old Raina and 37-year-old Nehra, a great opportunity to stake their claim for a berth in the 50-over side. (Stats: England have edge over India in T20 Internationals)Both Nehra and Raina have been out of the national side since the ICC World T20 in March last year and will be eying the upcoming T20Is against England to stage a comeback.The @msdhoni challenge for Jasprit Bumrah – #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/zgm5lbwfqx BCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2017Besides the duo, the series will also be a test for the likes of promising batsmen Rishabh Pant, Mandeep Singh and Manish Pandey and the spin duo of Parvez Rasool and Yuzvendra Chahal. (Dhoni’s shot at redemption in T20 cricket)Going into Thursday’s match, which will begin at 4.30 p.m. instead of the regular 7.30 p.m. start due to the prevailing dew and foggy conditions, the importance of the toss will be negated.
(REOPENS FGN 20) (REOPENS FGN 20) The bonding of sisters is a part of the tennis folklore and no wonder Venus was equally graceful in defeat terming it as “her victory”. “Congratulations on number 23. I have been right there with you. All the time, I couldnt be there, wouldnt be there or couldnt get there, You were there. Your win has always been my win. I am enormously proud of you. I love you sister,” said Venus. At the onset, both sisters looked sluggish and the first four service games were broken. Call it nerves of meeting each other in a Grand Slam final after a long time, both Serena and Venus traded multiple breaks during the first set. The unforced errors were aplenty and the sluggishness in their serves, especially Serenas was there to be seen. It was only in the fifth game that Venus became the first one to hold on to her service game. But her joy was shortlived as she lost her serve once again in the seventh game with Serena inching ahead at 4-3. It was the eighth game that brought out the champion in Serena as her lethal forehand cross-court gave her a decisive 5-3 lead. Without further hiccups, she was able to hold onto her service in the 10th game with a perfect ace down the T to wrap up the first set 6-4. PTI KHS PM PM
A century in one Test normally guarantees you a place in the team for the next one as well. But in this Indian team, even a record-shattering triple hundred does not assure a player a spot in the starting XI in the following match against a weaker opponent. Such is the class and such is the strength of Virat Kohli’s side.Players sitting out of next Test (for any reason) after scoring a triple-ton:Andy SandhamLen HuttonInzamam-ul-HaqKARUN NAIR#IndvBan Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 9, 2017Focusing on football type team management where you go with your fixed starting XI nine times out of 10 barring the odd horses-for-courses occasion, Kohli and coach Anil Kumble have always maintained that Team India has a fixed XI which will be persisted with as long as the players are performing consistently. (Also read: Virat Kohli settles Ajinkya Rahane – Karun Nair debate ahead of Hyderabad Test)Kohli said in a press conference before the match that Rahane comes back because he deserves it.”One game does not overshadow two years of hardwork from another player. That’s my point-of-view. You have to understand what Jinx has done for this team. He is probably the most solid batsman in this form of the game”Kohli hailed Nair’s feat – he had scored a triple hundred in only his third Test – but said Rahane’s contribution to the Indian team’s rapid rise in the traditional format would not be forgotten.”What Karun did was remarkable. As I said, you cannot overlook two years of hard work from Ajinkya. He walks back into the team whenever he is fit,” he saidadvertisementWhile this is a commendable decision and a welcome change in the system, this could be a little unfair for India’s only other triple centurion after Virender Sehwag – Karun Nair.TOUGH LUCKAfter scoring a match-turning 303 from 565 balls with an impressive strike rate of 79.52 against England in the fifth Test in Chennai, Karun is all set to left out of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad in place of Ajinkya Rahane.Karun, who replaced the injured Rahane, played a gritty knock as he stayed there for hours and carried India to a huge total of 759/7. He became only the third batsman in Test history after West Indies’ Garfield Sobers and Australia’s Bob Simpson to convert his maiden hundred into a triple hundred.But, luck has not been kind to him and he is all set to be out of the next Test his country plays after his triple ton. Jinx is likley to return to the team against Bangladesh after successfully recovering from his finger injury. While many would question his inclusion straight away, in reality, it is a logical choice.DESERVING INCLUSIONThe Mumbaikar has been brilliant for India over the last few years scoring everywhere he has played. He has performed in every situation and most recently his 188 with Kohli by his side when India were in a tricky situation against New Zealand underlines his impact and requirement in the team. Rahane has been the backbone of the Indian Test team for the last two-and-a-half-years and he has always performed when the team needed him. Be it England or Australia, he has put up his hand whenever the team has needed him in all whites.The 28-year-old has played 32 Tests and scored 2272 runs at an average of 47.33. The numbers are phenomenal, especially because he had to replace the great VVS Laxman at No. 5 and that was not an easy task. Therefore, Rahane getting a go is not at all questionable but a much deserving move.Reuters PhotoMoreover, the Kohli-Kumble duo has always maintained that first choice players walk straight into the team when fit and they have shown it previously with the likes of KL Rahul and more recently Wriddhiman Saha – the Bengal keeper was selected ahead of Parthiv Patel, who was very good in the three matches he played against England in Saha’s absence.UNFORTUNATE KARUNIt’s unfortunate that Karun joins the rare list consisting of only one player – Andy Sandham of England – who was left out after scoring 325 in a timeless match versus West Indies back in 1930 in Kingston, Jamaica. Although Sandham’s case was not as sad as Karun’s, as he was almost 40 years old when he achieved that feat.The only other notable occasion has to be when Geoffrey Boycott was dropped after scoring a ‘boring’ 246 against India in Leeds. The Englishman was accused of being very selfish and was dropped for the next match.advertisement
By Digvijay Sinh Kathiwada, Founder, Kathiwada Arts and SportsThe Kathiwada Royal family has had the privilege and responsibility of nurturing and supporting art for the past 700 years. As a child, growing up in Kathiwada (modern day Madhya Pradesh) I was surrounded by art. My grandfather, the late Jayendra Sinh,By Digvijay Sinh Kathiwada, Founder, Kathiwada Arts and SportsThe Kathiwada Royal family has had the privilege and responsibility of nurturing and supporting art for the past 700 years. As a child, growing up in Kathiwada (modern day Madhya Pradesh) I was surrounded by art. My grandfather, the late Jayendra Sinh Kathiwada, had invited Narayan Shridhar Bendre (a celebrated artist of the 20th century) to come to Kathiwada and paint extensively, for what would be the equivalent of an art residency today. My mother was a shareholder in Osian’s, India’s first auction house; I too, have done a stint at Osian’s, which taught me everything about art.Digvijay Sinh Kathiwada, Founder, Kathiwada Arts and Sports. Picture courtesy: India Today Spice How to choose great art1. I see art as any object of beauty from which I derive joy and satisfaction over a long period of time. So buy art that you can relate to and that you will enjoy. Never buy art because you have to or as an investment. That being said, art is the only asset in the world that does not depreciate in the long run. But do not expect it to turn miracles for you.2. Do not let anyone convince you about what your taste should be; your palate will always differ from the next person.A signed caricature of Bob Woolmer, part of the sports Memorabilia auction. Picture courtesy: India Today Spice 3. Let choice be your guide rather than big-ticket artist brands. Start small, with a couple of artworks you like and build a collection from there.advertisement4. You cannot and should not try to create a collection overnight just because your disposable income allows it. Your tastes, demands and spending patterns will change; it’s a journey, so give it time. Preserve art and pass it on to the next generation.5. From an investment perspective, make art your last priority, but your first joy. ‘Invest’ after you are done with the conventional necessities like equity, real estate and gold. Only then find time, space and energy for art.6. Learn to develop your own eye. Go through catalogues, visit exhibitions and attend seminars. Interact with people and enjoy the process of collecting art. You will learn new things every day.7. Hold a conversation about art with a peer. You will be doing yourself and the artists a favour by investing your time rather than just your wealth.8. Start small, but smart. It’s a big world – paintings, sculpture, pottery, textile, photography, popular culture and so on.
When a company contributes to your cause, how does it affect how people feel about the company? If you’re a nonprofit, it’s important to be able to answer this question. Why? Because most companies have twin agendas when they support a cause: doing good and doing well. The longest-standing partnerships are those that not only provide value to the nonprofit but also to the company’s philanthropic AND business agendas. If you want to engage corporate partners, it’s important to understand both.So over the next three days, I’m going to share some interesting new research into how corporate social responsibility (CSR) and cause marketing can do that. Consider it useful fodder for your corporate partnership pitches.First, let me share the basics that are well known in research. CSR can create a brand halo for a company. It makes consumers more likely to view the company as likeable and trustworthy. It might inspire brand loyalty. And if price and quality are considered comparable, a consumer might be more likely to choose a socially responsible company’s product over the competition. All good reasons for a company to support your cause.Companies out for only themselves aren’t that popular in this day and age. By Marketoonist Tom Fishburne.But how does a company’s social responsibility affect how consumers actually view its products? Do consumers think the products are better if the company is invested in good causes? This has been a question with frustratingly few answers over the years. Some past research has suggested that the more active a company is in social responsibility, the more consumers might question product performance. For example: is that chemical-free counter cleaner from that tree-hugging corporation really going to work? Consumers may think not.So it’s exciting that a new set of studies from Alexander Chernev and Sean Blair of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University tackle the specific issue of how CSR influences the way products are perceived. Their paper, “Doing Well by Doing Good: The Benevolent Halo of Social Goodwill” describes several studies that led to four conclusions by the researchers.1) To consumers, good company = good productThe first big finding is that when consumers think a company is socially responsible, they are more inclined to view the product as better than others. The study described in the Chernev and Blair paper describes a winery that donated a portion of proceeds to charity. People who knew this act of good perceived the wine as superior. So CSR can enhance perceived product performance! But read on – it’s critical that it is the COMPANY, not necessarily the product, that be viewed as socially “good.” 2) Consumer mindset dictates when “good” mattersIn research with a hypothetical running shoe, consumers were more likely to feel the product was better because of the company’s CSR if they were in an abstract rather than concrete mindset. The researchers got consumers to think abstractly by asking why they exercised. They got a separate group of people to think concretely by focusing them on how they exercise. When people were focused on the “why,” they were more influenced by the social good of the company. This finding is in line with fundraising research, which shows people are more generous when in an emotional mindset.3) A socially responsible company trumps socially responsible productHere’s the most surprising finding: a socially responsible company may drive more business than a socially responsible product. People feel better about a product that is created by a company that donates to green causes than a company that created a product with environmentally friendly technology. The researchers tested sunscreen, bug spray, laundry detergent and air conditioner refrigerant that had attributes such as being chemical-free and tested that against a company that made one of those products and donated 10% of sales to charity. What was interesting was consumers tended to favor the latter – maybe because they worried “social good” meant a less effective product. When “social good” was decoupled from the product and assigned to the company as a whole, people felt the best about the product. They believed it was higher performance.4) Consumers smell self-interest a mile awayPeople like companies that do social good, but that warm feeling can be attenuated when they sense crass corporate self-interest behind those good works. For me, this finding echoes the truth equation from Charles Green, which says trust is the sum of credibility, reliability and security DIVIDED by the self-orientation of the company (or person). Self orientation is self interest and refers to how much an organization is perceived as focusing on itself vs. others. The more a company seems focused on its own needs, the bigger the denominator in the trust equation and the lower the level of trust. This seems to hold true in CSR too. A study with a pretend company named eco-Inks showed that its self-interested advertising about the product’s petroleum-free attribute was far less effective than putting that messaging in its CSR outreach – or having a nonprofit speak to the merits of the company.So what are the takeaways for you from this research? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. And if you work for a company or want to know more about CSR, follow my colleagues’ blog, Companies for Good!
To be truly effective marketers, we need to see the world not through our own eyes but rather those of our audience. That is akin to an out of body experience – unusual and enlightening.Today is Network for Good’s inaugural Be Your Donor Day, when we ask you to see the world through the eyes of your supporters. (Get free resources to do that here.)If you do this, you will find your world looks different. You will probably notice:-You are using a mission megaphone, speaking about what you do more than why it matters.-Making things harder than they should be. Donating, calling or contacting you is probably not as easy as it should be.-Less would be more. You are trying to pack far too much information and way too many ideas into your outreach.On that last point, I’m reminded of a Seth Godin post from this week – called “No one ever bought anything on an elevator.” It’s a caution against trying to cram your whole story, pitch and ask into an exchange. He says:“The best elevator pitch doesn’t pitch your project. It pitches the meeting about your project. The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager (no, desperate) to hear the rest of it. It’s not a practiced, polished turd of prose that pleases everyone on the board and your marketing team, it’s a little fractal of the entire story, something real. ‘I quit my job as an Emmy-winning actress to do this because…’”In other words, you don’t have to say everything to your donors. You only have to say enough to get them to take the next step. Don’t focus on what it’s like to be the person pitching in the elevator. Imagine what it feels like to be on the other side of the car.So go be your donor today and see how it feels!
Online giving is one of the most popular ways donors contribute their year-end gifts to nonprofits. More and more people are relying on technology to streamline their to-do lists, especially during the busy holiday season. Donating online is fast, easy, and provides an instant sense of accomplishment for donors. It also offers an immediate way for nonprofits to acknowledge donors via a thank you page following each gift. Most people don’t have the time or energy to jump through hoops when it comes to making charitable donations. The easier and faster your online giving process is, the more likely donors will contribute to your nonprofit.How can you make your year-end giving page more donor-friendly? Here are six ways to simplify and speed up the giving process for donors.1) Make It Mobile-FriendlyA mobile-friendly page is donor friendly. People are using their smartphones to do everything from booking a yoga class to ordering holiday gifts to buying groceries. They want to be able to quickly make a donation via their mobile devices as well. Your online donation page should be attractive and easy to navigate on mobile screens of various sizes. A donation page that uses responsive design will automatically resize and reorganize content to fit any screen and be easy to use at the same time.Bonus Tip: Network for Good’s fundraising page layouts are all responsive, making the design of your online giving page simple.2) Keep It Short and SweetBest practices for online fundraising pages includes keeping your message concise, yet compelling, so readers can quickly take it in. Simply asking for a donation, however, isn’t enough. You need to convey the need and paint a picture of what the donation will accomplish. Include an image, clear call to action, and inspirational quote by a member of your community describing how your organization has helped them. Keep the focus on the donor and the mission, rather than on your organization.Bonus Tip: It’s a good idea to include a “Learn More” link in any email appeals so donors with questions can find out more about your nonprofit before donating. Be sure to include a “Donate Now” button on the page you link to, so they can quickly return to your giving page.3) SimplifyMinimize distractions to speed up the donation process. If potential donors have to spend time searching your website to figure out how to make a donation, they may exit without making a gift. They’ll mean to later, but then “later” never arrives. Make the process easy by using a large, obvious “Donate Now” button, and getting rid of extraneous links and other buttons.Bonus Tip: Once you’ve built your donation page, test to see how long it takes page visitors to complete the donation process. No need for professional testing companies—simply grab a few people in your office (or recruit friends and family) to test it out.4) Use as Few Form Fields as PossiblePeople have differing opinions on every subject under the sun, but one thing we all can agree on is that filling out long forms is frustrating. Don’t ask for any more information than you need to on your online donation page. You can always send short surveys to your donors later to learn more information about them.Bonus Tip: If a field doesn’t help the donor make the donation, or help you raise more money, leave it out.5) Choose One Compelling ImageAs powerful as images are, too many can be distracting to page visitors. Feature one large photo on your giving page. Choose one that stirs emotion and grabs the viewer’s attention. Be sure to include your logo to reinforce brand recognition with your donors.Bonus Tip: Instead of an image that tugs at donors’ heartstrings, try one that shows the joy of a constituent you’ve helped or the happiness of members working together as a community. Hope is a powerful emotion as well. People want to be part of the wonderful things your nonprofit accomplishes. Use your image to boost that sense of community.6) Use Suggested Donation AmountsMake it easy for donors to give without putting too much thought into it. Suggested donation amounts reduce the time donors need to spend by allowing them to quickly pick a donation amount that fits their budget. Use your average donation amount as the middle option, then offer one amount slightly below and one or two amounts that are higher to encourage your donors to stretch. Always include an “Other Amount” option as well. Make sure to include a monthly giving option so your donors can increase their connection to your organization.Bonus Tip: Using impact labels that illustrate what each donation will accomplish is a powerful way to boost the effectiveness of your suggested donation amounts.Incorporating these characteristics into your online giving page can boost your completed donations rate, since donors will be able to quickly and easily make their donation before moving on to the rest of their to-do lists. And that makes everyone’s year-end giving more enjoyable.Be sure to check out the rest of our resources on online donation pages.
Florin Andone’s first goal for Brighton and Hove Albion secured a come-from-behind 2-1 win at 10-man Huddersfield Town.The pre-season arrival from Deportivo La Coruna produced a fine diving header to complete the turnaround after Mathias Jorgensen’s opener, the fastest Premier League goal this season, was cancelled out by Shane Duffy.Jorgensen struck after just 55 seconds but David Wagner’s side conceded on the brink of half-time following Steve Mounie’s red card for a foul on Yves Bissouma. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Andone came up with the winner on his first start as the visitors’ numerical advantage told, bringing a halt to the Terriers’ recent revival and giving Chris Hughton’s men their first win since October. 69: GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! The pressure pays off! GET IN THERE!Listen live https://t.co/iYWl6SeRZh#HTAFC 1-2 #BHAFC pic.twitter.com/BO2IhoOl0K— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) December 1, 2018The deadlock was broken inside the opening minute as Bruno attempted to clear but succeeded only in sending the ball into the heart of his own penalty area, where Jorgensen leapt above Mat Ryan to head home. A fine save from Jonas Lossl and follow-up block by Jonathan Hogg denied Duffy and Andone in quick succession as the hosts somehow held firm.Mounie’s dismissal tested their resolve further still, the Benin international given his marching orders after his tentative challenge resulted in his foot making contact with Bissouma’s shin.The 10 men went close to doubling their lead just before the break, but Aaron Mooy’s free-kick was tipped to safety by Ryan. That proved a telling save as Brighton levelled it up in first-half-stoppage time courtesy of Duffy’s bullet header from Solly March’s cross, which came after Bruno had won and taken a quick corner. Lossl came to Huddersfield’s rescue early in the second half to repel Bissouma’s volley but was helpless to keep out Andone’s header from March’s pinpoint delivery. What does it mean? Terriers tamed, Seagulls soarHuddersfield had taken seven points from their last three outings, lifting them out of the relegation zone, but this was a reality-check for the Yorkshire club. It was a timely victory for Brighton, too, as they would have been only two points ahead of their hosts had they lost. March to victoryBoth of Huddersfield’s goals owed much to the quality of the deliveries from March, whose accuracy at picking out his team-mates in a crowded penalty area made all the difference in a game of fine margins.Bruno no-noBruno’s mishit clearance created danger where there was none and put his side on the back foot almost straight away. It left Brighton with an uphill struggle, although he did to his credit play a role in their equaliser. Key Opta Facts- Huddersfield have won just one of their last 10 Premier League home games, drawing two and losing seven.- Brighton have scored in seven consecutive league games for the first time since February 2017, when they put together a run of nine.- March has registered four assists in his last four league appearances, two more than he managed in his previous 46 top-flight games (2).- Andone is the first Romanian to score in the Premier League since Vlad Chiriches netted for Tottenham against Fulham in December 2013.What’s next? Huddersfield head to Bournemouth on Tuesday while Brighton host fierce rivals Crystal Palace with the Premier League’s top half in their sights. read more
Mesut Ozil has “lost his motivation and desire”, according to Emmanuel Petit, with a man seeing his Arsenal future called into question on a regular basis now “waiting for his retirement”.Despite having committed to fresh terms with the Gunners less than a year ago, the World Cup-winning midfielder could soon be heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium.His agent has sought to quash talk of an imminent transfer, but Unai Emery continues to overlook him and offer little suggestion that the 30-year-old is an important part of his plans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Petit believes the German playmaker has fallen out of favour because he has achieved that all he set out to in a distinguished career, with a man who once graced the very top of the game now merely going through the motions.The ex-Arsenal midfielder told the Mirror: “I think he lost his motivation and desire. He now looks as if he is just waiting for his retirement.“A player losing his motivation happens a lot. We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same. It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life… I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good.“It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club. He’s a beautiful player, but he needs to be loved.“It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed. I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. Do you want to see Ozil finish his career in China?“I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen.“I think the club needs Ozil. Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”While suggesting that Ozil needs to feel wanted in north London, Petit believes the issues which led to international retirement being announced in the summer of 2018 have contributed to the struggles of a player with undoubted ability.The Frenchman added: “What happened with the national team, has had a big impact on him.“I was following the story for weeks and weeks in Germany and Turkey and I thought to myself, ‘It’s far beyond the limits.’ Some people attack Ozil as a person, not as a footballer.“This is the life of a modern sportsman, you need to do that. You need to fight.“I don’t want him to leave Arsenal, I just want him to come back on the pitch and to do what he’s being paid for.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo has drawn comparisons to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on the back of his record-setting showings in the Champions League.At 19 years of age, the highly-rated playmaker has become the youngest Italian to bag a brace in an elite European fixture.He achieved that feat in the first leg of Roma’s last-16 encounter with Porto. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Zaniolo is now seeing his potential noted by a global audience, but those in his homeland have been aware of his ability for some time and consider him to be destined for the top.Italy boss Roberto Mancini told Corriere della Sera of a player currently forming part of the Azzurri’s U21 set-up: “Zaniolo? I had followed him at the European Under-19 Championship and, besides him, others also impressed: [Sandro] Tonali, [Moise] Kean and [Gianluca] Scamacca.“I liked Zaniolo because he is physically strong, he often dictates on the pitch and when he has the ball they can never take it away.”He added on a player Inter allowed to move on as part of their deal to land Radja Nainggolan in the summer of 2018: “Why did Inter let him go? Sometimes, with young people, it’s hard to understand.“I’ve seen some qualities, he’s completely different from [Nicolo] Barella, Jorginho and [Marco] Verratti. He has the characteristics to do very well.“The comparison with Pogba is there, but now he needs calm and patience or even he will get into trouble.”It is considered to be only a matter of time before Zaniolo earns senior international recognition.Once that arrives he will form part of an exciting group of young talent emerging in Italian football.Mancini believes a bright future lies ahead for a nation that missed out on a place at the 2018 World Cup.He is, however, eager to see players of promise rewarded with regular game time and top-tier football at club level.The former Inter and Manchester City manager added on the likes of Juventus teenager Kean and Brescia’s reported Liverpool target Tonali: “In Italy now there is more courage, yes, but there could be more, because there are many good young players.“For Juve, Kean does not play, but he would almost anywhere else. Tonali should play in A, even [Stefano] Sensi and [Pietro] Pellegri always has great quality.“The young are the guiding thread. In two years we can put together a strong team that can do well at the Euros, and the World Cup in 2022 can be big.”
Santiago Solari insists he will give his all to turn Real Madrid’s fortunes around, amid talk that he will be sacked this weekend.Goal understands that Jose Mourinho is being lined up to replace the Argentine in an interim role after a wretched 11-day period that some critics have dubbed the worst in Madrid’s history.A 3-0 Copa del Rey second-leg defeat to Barcelona, which saw them exit at the semi-final stage, was followed by a 1-0 Clasico loss in La Liga that has left Madrid 12 points behind the leaders with 12 games to go. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! To compound the disappointment of seeing their domestic double chances disappear, Madrid were humbled by Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, losing 4-1 in the last-16 second leg to crash out of the tournament.The fact all three defeats happened at the Santiago Bernabeu has intensified the scrutiny on Solari’s future, with former boss Zinedine Zidane another tipped as a leading candidate to take over regardless of Sunday’s result against Real Valladolid.Solari, though, is simply concerned with giving his all for the good of the club, and not the rumours around his position.”I give you [the] same answer as my first day here: we are all passing through here, and the most important for any coach, any team, is the next game. It is an honour to serve this club,” he told reporters.”These are not assessments I have to do. I’m the coach and, like everyone, I try to give the best I have.”It’s not the best moment. The objective is always the next game, always. There are judgements I have to accept, but my job is to carry on.”I’m going to give my best, as I have done since the first day I came here.”Solari was around 80 minutes late to his news conference, prompting some to speculate that he had held a discussion with senior players following an argument between captain Sergio Ramos and president Florentino Perez.When asked about meeting with his players, Solari replied: “Things that happen in private should stay there.”We’re very harsh in our self-criticism, not only at the specific moment of a defeat. We do it day-by-day, even more so in victory. The hard part is finding the bad things in the good times.”Solari did state he has been clear with those players who have not performed to the standards he expects, but he has called for unity ahead of the trip to Valladolid.”The majority have been. The ones who haven’t, I have told them,” he said when asked if his squad had been up to scratch recently.”In adversity, you see the character of people: the one who stands up, the one who hides, who is rebelling, who isn’t, who is happy or sad…”We have to keep working to add points until the end. The key is to play as a team.”
Everyone knows a resume is important — it’s supposed to be the perfect snapshot of your work history, positioning you as an ideal candidate for that next gig.But what about a cover letter?It can be tempting to just write up a generic cover letter for all the jobs you’re applying for, especially if they’re for similar positions. Change a few details here, change a few company names there, and voila — perfect, right?Not so fast!There’s an art to writing a cover letter. Here’s how to write one that works.Be directNo more dithering your way into an introduction! “I saw your post on LinkedIn, blah blah blah…” Of course you saw the job posting somewhere. Who cares? Get right to the point by letting HR know who you are, what you’re good at, and why you’re a great fit.If you:• Have a contact at the organization• Have some kind of special referral• Or can otherwise namedrop,Mention it right away! Your cover letter is a selling point, but it’s also what gets you in the door — so cut to the chase when it comes to who you know. Most companies, especially smaller ones, tend to hire from internal references. If you haven’t already, make the most of your connections — and don’t hesitate to expand your network to find the perfect gig.Be specificYou might just want a job, any job, but hiring managers are looking to find a perfect fit for their organization — and they’re very invested in that perfect fit. Which means that a less-than-great, generic cover letter will quickly get passed over.When you’re writing a cover letter, don’t just copy paste at your convenience. Sure, you can keep the skeleton structure of your letters the same, but take the time to do a little research and write a letter specifically geared toward the place you’re applying. Familiarize yourself with the company’s language and brand — for example, if you’re interested in working at a hip young startup, don’t write them a stodgy, boring letter. And do they have particular initiatives that you’re interested in, or a recent campaign you admired? Mention it in your cover letter!However, don’t get carried away lauding the company you’d like to work at without any context for what you’d bring to the table. If you go on and on about how great it is and how much you’d like to work there, that doesn’t tell HR much about you — except that you want a new job.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberSell yourselfSell yourself without shame! Let HR know why you’re great and why you’d be a perfect fit. Demonstrate that you’ve done your background research and that you have the chops for the gig. A good way to get the attention of hiring managers is to describe a problem you solved in the past or a tricky project that you nailed, and how you’ll use those skills at your next position. Letting them know you’ll bring that know-how to your next gig will make you an attractive candidate.Convey your enthusiasm and your practical knowledge. Don’t just speak generally — sure, you’re a great marketing manager, but what can you do for their organization? And it’s fine to mention your past experience, but keep it to accomplishments that are relevant to the job at hand — if a hiring manager wants more information, they can always check out your resume or CV.Close strongAs you finish your cover letter — which should be crisp, succinct, and readable at a glance — don’t forget to include a quick thank-you for the consideration. And end with a call to action, like a phone call or other conversation to advance you in the hiring process. It may sound like common sense, but ending with a CTA is a great way to be proactive about your interest.Got any other tips for writing the perfect cover letter? Let us know, and good luck, freelancers!Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She regrets to say she has read a lot of bad cover letters in her short life.
Lionel Messi will be in the line-up for this weekend’s friendly here with Russia, but not for the November 14 home match with Nigeria, Argentine national coach Jorge Sampaoli has said.The Russia-Argentina contest on Saturday will be the inaugural event at Moscow’s renovated Luzhniki Stadium, one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reports Efe.”It’s more my issue than his. I proposed this. Maybe Leo wanted to play that (Nigeria) match too. Never in his history with the national team has Leo proposed to skip a match,” Sampaoli told a press conference at Luzhniki.The coach said that because he had no “power to tell the club (FC Barcelona)” how many minutes Messi should play, he would not hesitate to rest his superstar in international matches when he thought it was warranted.Messi “has absolutely nothing to prove,” Sampaoli said, acknowledging that coaching “the best player in the world” and the sport’s global ambassador is a “big responsibility.”