Hockey World Cup 2018: We Are Ready To Answer Call Of 1.3 Billion Indians, Says India Hockey Coach


“We want what 1.3 billion people want. Indian team is mentally and physically ready. We have done our homework on Dutch aggression. Whatever challenge they throw, we are ready to solve that, not just accept it,” he added.

India has never defeated Netherlands in the history of the World Cup, but Harendra refused to dwell on the past.

“History is only to read, not to understand,” he quipped.

“They (Netherlands) have come prepared, Every team comes to win. Indian team has made history in the last six months. You have to face every team, it is World cup. You are bound to play the top team,” he added.

Harendra said it will be an equal contest on Thursday and whoever takes their chances will come out winners.

“We won’t do anything different. There are some minor adjustments. They love to play attacking hockey, so do India. It is an equal contest. In tomorrow’s match, you can’t afford to miss even 25 per cent chances,” he said.

Harendra said penalty corner conversions is an area of concern for the Netherlands which they will try to explore.

“When we analyse a match, we study grey areas of the opponents. Penalty corners is their grey area. We don’t ignore Holland outright. From 1971 to 2018, their base of hockey is penalty corners. We can’t ignore that. India is ready to solve that challenge,” he said.

It is expected to be a full house on Thursday at the Kalinga Stadium like any other India match, and Harendra said “crowd support” will provide India extra motivation to go for the kill.

“I think they are forgetting that whenever the crowd is behind us, it becomes 12th man, extra energy. As a coach I like that,” he said.

“There is no chance that opponents can easily sit on their back. I think it’s not pressure, it’s your thought how you enjoy it. So far in any tournament, not just the World Cup, we have learnt how to go with the crowd. We are enjoying.”

Harendra said India cannot afford to drop their intensity at any point of time during the match.

“I agree that we have dropped our intensity during the course of a game, which we cannot afford against a team like Holland,” he said.

“I have told them to keep that intensity not just for 60 minutes but 74 minutes, including half-time and quarter-breaks. We have discussed and they have agreed.”

India captain Manpreet Singh said they are determined to create a history.

“If you talk about Olympics it was two years ago. The team has improved, especially since Harry sir (Harendra) has come. We are playing attacking hockey. We want to change history. The focus is that we don’t leave out even the 50:50 chances.”



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India vs Australia: Mitchell Johnson Offers To Help Mitchell Starc Ahead Of Perth Test


Australia pacer Mitchell Starc faced some criticism after his below-par performance in the Adelaide Test against India which the hosts lost by 31 runs. While Australia great Glenn McGrath found technical issues with Starc’s run-up, former captain Mark Waugh was of the opinion that the pacer needed to be more consistent with the new ball. In the wake of the criticism, former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson has offered to help Starc ahead of the India vs Australia 2nd Test, beginning on Friday. In the Adelaide Test, Starc could only pick five wickets.

“Everyone operates in a different way and I’ve already sent him a couple of text messages to see if he wants to catch up and have a chat about things because I have worked with him in the past and you get to know people really well,” cricket.com.au quoted Johnson as saying to BBC’s Stumps podcast.

“It just looked like there was something on his mind, something’s not quite clicking (in the first Test). We’ll sit down hopefully before the Perth Test match starts,” Johnson, the fifth-highest wicket-taker for Australia in Tests, said.

Johnson said that Starc is slightly underdone and out of rhythm.

“I know what he’s capable of – we all know what he’s capable of. He’s just not swinging the ball at the moment. I feel like he might be slightly underdone,” he said.

“He has been out with injuries and he’s sort of come back. I don’t feel like he’s got that rhythm at the moment,” the former Australian pacer said.

The second Test between India and Australia will be held in Perth and Australia captain Tim Paine backed Starc to do well in Perth.

“When Starcy’s on song, there is no better bowler in the world, particularly with the new ball. In Perth, the conditions will suit him down to the ground,” Paine said.



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Salary Delays Causing Stress, Loan EMI Default: Air India Pilot Body


Air India spokesperson was, however, not available for comments on the issue.

Mumbai: 

Air India’s union representing narrow body pilots on Wednesday alleged a majority of its members were defaulting on bank EMIs due to the salary delays which was also putting them under a lot of “stress”.

In a letter to AI chairman and managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) also claimed the loss-making carrier had only partially paid the pilots for October as they were yet to receive the flying allowance, which constitutes 80 per cent of their total monthly salary.

Notably, the flying allowance to the pilots at state- run airline is disbursed after 60 days.

“There is already a backlog of one month flying allowance. This unspecified delay has impaired our financial planning, especially (pilots are) defaulting on loan EMI… majority of us have defaulted on bank loans and credit card payments while the rest had to arrange funds by taking further loans,” ICPA said in the letter.

Air India spokesperson was, however, not available for comments on the issue. 

Stating that despite several requests in the past not to bifurcate salary and flying allowance for pilots, the ICPA said, “It (our request) is being ignored. We are awaiting flying Allowance for the work done in the month of October.” 

This financial problem has made it extremely difficult for the pilots to work “stress free”, it added. 

“Stress jeopardises decision-making relevance and cognitive functioning which is fatal to flight safety,” the ICPA said in the letter. 





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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition With 10GB of RAM, Warp Charge Tech Launched in India


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has been launched in India, after the phone’s global unveiling on Tuesday. The latest OnePlus 6T variant was unveiled at an event held in Mumbai late on Wednesday. The most premium variant of the entire range, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition comes with features including 10GB RAM, 256GB of onboard storage, a McLaren brand logo, McLaren’s signature Papaya Orange colour wrapped around the borders of the phone, and the company’s new Warp Charge 30 charging technology. The retail box also comes with bundled gifts and redesigned USB cables. Let’s check out OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India and specifications.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India, launch offers

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India is set at Rs. 50,999 for the 10GB RAM/ 256GB storage configuration, which is the only one it has been launched in. This price is significantly higher than the Rs. 45,999 price tag of the 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage model announced at the October launch event. It will go on sale from Amazon India and the OnePlus India website from December 15. It will also be available for offline purchase from OnePlus exclusive offline stores in key cities. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will also be sold exclusively in a special sale on December 13 at the OnePlus Experience Store in Connaught Place, New Delhi, due to open on the day. 

As for OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launch offers, OnePlus says that on occasion of its 5th anniversary celebrations, offers will be available from December 15 to December 24 on the new model, as well as other OnePlus 6T variants. These offers include:Rs. 2,000 cashback on all EMI transactions on Axis Bank cards, Rs. 1,500 cashback on all transactions made using Axis Bank credit or debit cards across all offline and online platforms; up to 6 months no-cost EMI on Amazon.in, Oneplus India, and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores; additional Rs. 3,000 off on exchange of any old OnePlus handset and Rs. 2,000 off on exchange of other devices on Amazon.in, OnePlus India, and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores. 

Spanning across 3600 square feet, it is located at the heart of the city. Like the OnePlus Experience Store in Bangalore and Chennai, the new offline store is expected to be a hub for community members to engage with the brand and experience everything OnePlus – from device to accessories.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition design, features

The major differences in the design of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition include a subtle carbon fibre pattern underneath the glass back panel. The bottom edge of the model has McLaren’s Papaya Orange accent running all over it. OnePlus bundles a custom braided Papaya Orange USB Type-C cable in the retail box. The new Warp Charge 30 charging tech offers up to 30W fast charging capabilities, and is said to offer a day’s worth of charge in 20 minutes. 

The retail box of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also comes with a Speedmark McLaren logo made of McLaren designed F1 AA-grade carbon fibre. 

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition runs OxygenOS on top of Android 9.0 Pie, and sports a 6.41-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) AMOLED panel with an 19.5:9 aspect ratio and sRGB support. The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 10GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage. Storage on the handset is not expandable via microSD card.

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In the camera department, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition sports a dual rear camera setup comprising of primary 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor, paired with 4k video at 60fps, Super Slow Motion video, and dual-LED flash. On the front, the handset bears a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1-micron pixel size, and EIS.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port. There is a 3,700mAh battery under the hood, with support for Warp Charge 30. Dimensions of the phone are 157.5×74.8×8.2mm, and it weighs 185 grams.



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Hockey World Cup 2018: We Are Ready To Answer Call Of 1.3 Billion Indians, Says India Hockey Coach


“We want what 1.3 billion people want. Indian team is mentally and physically ready. We have done our homework on Dutch aggression. Whatever challenge they throw, we are ready to solve that, not just accept it,” he added.

India has never defeated Netherlands in the history of the World Cup, but Harendra refused to dwell on the past.

“History is only to read, not to understand,” he quipped.

“They (Netherlands) have come prepared, Every team comes to win. Indian team has made history in the last six months. You have to face every team, it is World cup. You are bound to play the top team,” he added.

Harendra said it will be an equal contest on Thursday and whoever takes their chances will come out winners.

“We won’t do anything different. There are some minor adjustments. They love to play attacking hockey, so do India. It is an equal contest. In tomorrow’s match, you can’t afford to miss even 25 per cent chances,” he said.

Harendra said penalty corner conversions is an area of concern for the Netherlands which they will try to explore.

“When we analyse a match, we study grey areas of the opponents. Penalty corners is their grey area. We don’t ignore Holland outright. From 1971 to 2018, their base of hockey is penalty corners. We can’t ignore that. India is ready to solve that challenge,” he said.

It is expected to be a full house on Thursday at the Kalinga Stadium like any other India match, and Harendra said “crowd support” will provide India extra motivation to go for the kill.

“I think they are forgetting that whenever the crowd is behind us, it becomes 12th man, extra energy. As a coach I like that,” he said.

“There is no chance that opponents can easily sit on their back. I think it’s not pressure, it’s your thought how you enjoy it. So far in any tournament, not just the World Cup, we have learnt how to go with the crowd. We are enjoying.”

Harendra said India cannot afford to drop their intensity at any point of time during the match.

“I agree that we have dropped our intensity during the course of a game, which we cannot afford against a team like Holland,” he said.

“I have told them to keep that intensity not just for 60 minutes but 74 minutes, including half-time and quarter-breaks. We have discussed and they have agreed.”

India captain Manpreet Singh said they are determined to create a history.

“If you talk about Olympics it was two years ago. The team has improved, especially since Harry sir (Harendra) has come. We are playing attacking hockey. We want to change history. The focus is that we don’t leave out even the 50:50 chances.”



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PlayStation VR Mega Pack Bundle India Price and Release Date Revealed


The PlayStation VR (PS VR) Mega Pack bundle is coming to India. Previously announced for European territories only, it includes a host of high profile PS VR games in addition to the headset itself. Multiple sources in the supply chain speaking to Gadgets 360 have confirmed that stocks for the PS VR Mega Pack bundle have arrived in India and would be available in most stores by the end of the week, making the PS VR Mega Pack bundle release date December 15 at the latest. As for how much it would set you back by, the PS VR Mega Pack bundle price is Rs. 32,490. Considering it ships with five games, that makes it better value that the PS VR camera bundle that retails for Rs. 30,990.

PS VR Mega Pack bundle – what’s in the box

  • PS VR headset
  • PS Camera
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Wipeout Omega Collection
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • Doom VFR
  • PlayStation Worlds

Keep in mind that the games with the PS VR Mega Pack have to be downloaded unlike past bundles that shipped with games on disc, making us wonder if this is the approach Sony plans to take going forward. Gadgets 360 has reached out to Sony for comment and will update this story if we hear from the company. This follows Sony dropping price on the PS VR camera bundle from Rs. 37,990 to Rs. 30,990. While PS VR is available for around Rs. 4,000 to 5,000 less via the grey market and parallel imports, some of which have found their way to Amazon’s listings and don’t have warranty in India. Something to keep in mind if you’re looking to pick up PS VR now.

In our PS VR review we noted that while comfortable, the mess of wires made it far from ideal, but considering the price of other headsets such as HTC Vive, it still is the cheapest way to experience VR and the price cut makes it all the more affordable, if you already own a PS4- which isn’t getting a price cut in India just yet.


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Fortnite Deep Freeze PC Bundle Launched in India


The Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle is now available on PC in India. This follows the Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle hitting PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch last month. Much like the Nintendo Switch and PS4 versions of the Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle, it’s just a code in a box, making the Xbox One version of the Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle the only one to be available on disc (and the only way you can play Fortnite in India without having to change your Xbox One region). The Fortnite Deep Freeze PC bundle price is Rs.1,999 and its available at offline retailers and specialist stores like Games The Shop. Expect it on Amazon and Flipkart soon enough.

Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle contents

  • Fortnite Battle Royale game
  • Frostbite Outfit
  • Cold Front Glider
  • Chill-Axe Pickaxe
  • Freezing Point Back Bling
  • 1,000 V-Bucks

Players can also purchase and download the Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle digitally through the in-game store and first-party digital marketplaces. This marks Fortnite’s second foray at physical retail. The first was a limited run of Fortnite Save the World on disc that was published by Borderlands 2 hitmaker Gearbox which didn’t make it to India either.

With Fortnite Season 7 in full swing we wonder how many would bother with this variant of the game seeing how the cosmetic items for it appear dated in comparison. In fact, the latest update to Fortnite Season 7 just hit, bringing the Close Encounters limited time mode (LTM) and the Infinity Blade. No, not the classic iOS game, rather the Infinity Blade weapon from the game of the same name.

Close Encounters is an interesting addition to Fortnite’s battle royale mode, bringing jetpacks and shotguns to the fore alongside quicker matches and stat-tracking enabled too. The Fortnite 7.01 update also adds Creative Mode. This will be available to all from December 13. The Fortnite 7.01 update download size is around 150MB on iOS.


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“Spinners Mature A Lot With Age, Maybe They’re Like Wine”: Team India Bowling Coach Bharat Arun


India registered a 31-run victory in the first Test in Adelaide to go 1-0 up in the four-match Test series against Australia. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin played a crucial role in both the innings, picking up a total of six wickets. Hailing the 32-year-old’s effort, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun on Wednesday said that Ashwin bowled with a lot of maturity and helped the team gain control in the match.

“Spinners mature a lot with age. May be they are like wine. Ashwin has been really good and in the last match he gave us the control, bowling close to 90 overs for 147 runs and six wickets. Can’t ask for anything better. He allowed the fast bowlers to take turns and he controlled from one end. That was the job he was entrusted with and he did that exceptionally well,” Bharat Arun said in the press conference held after the practice session in Perth.

“Ashwin is extremely confident and aware of what he is doing. It’s important a spinner discovers what he can do. He did his job exceptionally well,” Arun added.

The Indian pace trio comprising Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami claimed 14 wickets to help India register their first win in Australia in ten years. Praising the effort from the fast bowlers, Bharat Arun also said the execution from the pacers was perfect and the current group of fast bowlers is one the best India have ever had.

“It’s a great feeling from the Indian perspective that the fast bowlers are doing a great job. It’s not just one or two, bunch of bowlers are doing well. I think it’s the effort and the consistency with which they are able to perform over a period of time and that’s very very encouraging.

“The game plan that we had, it was being consistent on the areas we bowl and I think that the execution was perfect. Can’t ask for anything better. Consistency was a big issue earlier and the bowlers have worked really hard on that. This is one of the best fast bowling groups India has ever had,” Arun added.

Speaking up on the pitch for the second Test, Arun said, “We really haven’t taken a look at the wicket. Irrespective of the conditions, we are open to playing on any kind of surface given to us.”

The second Test between India and Australia will commence from December 14 in Perth.



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Men’s Hockey World Cup: India To Battle Netherlands For A Place In Last Four


While the Netherlands are placed fourth in the current world rankings, India are a rung below in fifth position. 

The last time India and the Netherlands faced each other was in the Champions Trophy earlier this year, where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The over all head-to-head record belongs to the Dutch. In the 105 games played between the two sides so far, India have won 33, lost 48 while the rest ended in draws.

However, the two sides have shared the spoils since 2013.

India and the Netherlands have faced each other nine times since 2013, winning four matches apiece while one game ended in a draw.

For India captain Manpreet Singh, past results hold significance.

“The past results matter a lot because the Netherlands have a better result against us. But, we have played well against them recently. We have also beaten them, drew against them at the Champions Trophy. Indian hockey has improved a lot. The match will be tough and whichever team plays better will win,” Manpreet said.

The India-Netherlands duel is expected to be a fast-paced, attacking encounter with both teams heavily relying on their goal scoring abilities to come out on top.

While India have scored 12 goals and conceded three in the pool stage, the Dutch have pumped in 18 goals and conceded five.

In the likes of Billy Bakker, Seve van Ass, Jeroen Hertzberger, Mirco Pruijser, Robbert Kemperman, Thiery Brinkman, the Dutch have got plenty of experience in the midfield and its strike force. It will be a real test for the Indian defence on Thursday.

The Indians, too, would be relying on their strikers – Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh – to continue their good work.

In the other quarterfinal of the Hockey World Cup 2018, Germany will take on Belgium.

(With PTI inputs)



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Steelbird Introduces Ignyte Winter Riding Gear In India


The Ignyte winter riding gear including a riding jacket, gloves and balaclava, which have been designed to provide optimal protection when riding in cold temperatures.

Steelbird has introduced its new range of winter riding gear under the Ignyte sub-brand. The new range including a jacket, gloves and balaclava and has been designed to protect the rider from harsh winter conditions when on two-wheels. The Ignyte Rider Pro jacket is priced at ₹ 13,359 and comes with detachable waterproof and thermal liners, along with a water-repellent polyester breathable fabric on the outer shell. You also get water proof pockets for your mobile and wallet. The riding jacket is equipped with CE Level 1 armour for the back, shoulder and elbows.

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The Ignyte Rider Pro jacket gets detachable waterproof and thermal liners

The Ignyte gloves are priced at ₹ 1199, which the company says are water repellant and breathable. The gloves are made of polyamide fabric and come with fabric knuckle protectors that are also reflective. Keeping comfort in mind, the gloves get a polyfil layer inside for softness. Lastly, Steelbird has also introduced a balaclava as well priced at ₹ 699, which is said to reduce the surface temperature by up to 30 per cent.

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Steelbird Ignyte Gloves

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