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Indian Premier League: Rohit Sharma wants Mumbai Indians to focus on strong start this year

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has urged his side to eye a better start this season after losing five of their first six matches last year.The defending champions face off against MS Dhoni’s Pune Supergiants in the tournament opener on Saturday.”Over the last couple of years Mumbai has not had a good start, losing the first four games. The focus within the team is to get to a good start. It’s very important to start the tournament well,” said Sharma ahead of defending champions MI’s opening tie against new IPL outfit, Rising Pune Supergiants, at the Wankhede Stadium on April 9. (Also Read: Clash of captains as IPL returns)In the 2014 edition of IPL, when the first half of the tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates because of the general elections in India, MI had started disastrously by losing their first five games, However, they managed to turn it around at their home venue, Wankhede Stadium. Thereafter they lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Eliminator. (IPL 2016 complete team list )In the last season, Mumbai Indians lost five out of their first six games before they stormed to the summit clash. In the final, they defeated Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to win the title for the second time.Sharma, whose form with the bat along with that of West Indian Lendl Simmons played a key role in the turnaround last season, said he would want to gain early momentum this year.”T20 is a lot about momentum. To start off on a good note is very important. We have stressed on it. Over the last couple of years we did not start well, but we went on to win the title (in 2015). We don’t want to do that this year.advertisement”Obviously it’s important to get some wins on board at the start and carry that momentum towards next game so that we are well placed. We want to start on a high note. IPL is a format where we have to take one game at a time,” said the skipper. (Ponting wants Rohit to rediscover golden touch) Sharma said that India’s limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had led suspended franchise Chennai Super Kings so successfully over the last eight years, too would be keen to start on a winning note while captaining Pune outfit.Reflecting on the intense rivalry between the MI and the then CSK, Sharma said: “Along with MI, they have been one of the most consistent teams in IPL. The kind of quality they brought to the table was immense. Yes, we will miss them as a team. Everyone will miss playing against them as they were tough competitors.”But it’s (Supergiants) a new team and some of them (old CSK players) are there, but obviously it won’t be the same.Knowing Dhoni, he will want to start off on a winning note. We will take this game as another game.Sharma, who notched up 482 runs to end as MI’s second highest run scorer after Simmons’ 540 last season, said he intended to open the batting.”A lot depends on what sort of balance is needed. We have spoken about it. I would preferably open the innings. I would like to start the innings and see after 4-5 games.  We had got some exciting players in the auction.”I am happy at the way things are turning out at practice sessions. It’s all about getting the right balance in the team. If that means coming down the order I will do so.”Sharma also said that the team’s bowlers knew they needed to be aggressive when bowling on the batsman-friendly Wankhede tracks.”When we play at Wankhede, we bowl with the new ball to take wickets and not just contain. They should be there to get the batsmen out. There’s not much offer from the pitch.Bowlers who have done that have been successful.”Batsmen always try to come hard and so there’s always opportunity to take wickets. Bowlers who have been aggressive have done well at the Wankhede. Preparation is the key when you play on a wicket which has not got much to offer to bowlers,” he explained.Sharma feels his team knows how to counter the dew factor while defending a total.”We play a lot of games with the dew coming down. Generally it does in the second half. We had played under those conditions and done well. Guys are used to these conditions, except the newcomers who will have to get adjusted. We have played here many a time and obviously this is our fortress and our home. We should know about the conditions better than others,” said Sharma.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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The Boutique Hotel Awards gala dinner 2017

first_imgThe Boutique Hotel Awards gala dinner 2017The Boutique Hotel Awards gala dinner 2017The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2017 were announced last night at the glittering Awards ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London. The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and travel industry influencers from all four corners of the world, including representatives from CNN Travel, Elite Traveler, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Boat International, Time Out and The Financial Times.This year’s keynote speech was delivered by Wladimir Klitschko, two-time world heavyweight champion boxer and newly turned boutique hotelier. Other esteemed guest presenters and speakers included Juliet Kinsman, founder of BOUTECO, the only independent authority for eco boutique hotels, Elisabeth Visoanska, founder of VISOANSKA PARIS and Paolo Macchiaroli, founder of My Private Villas.Information On The AwardsThe Boutique Hotel Awards is the first and only international awards organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among boutique hotels. The Awards, now in its 7th year, honours the people behind these outstanding properties and bringing together members of The Master Key Society; where relationships are built exclusively among the Award Winners by facilitating hotel exchange visits between them.Awards ProcessWhat makes a Boutique Hotel Award meaningful? Simply put, the hotels and private villas are actually visited. It is the only independent awards organisation in hospitality where each and every property is visited personally by an experienced hotel judge which specialises in each category and too where decisions on winners depend on true first-hand guest experience at the property.The winners were selected from over 600 Nominees in over 80 countries. Each entrant was nominated by a member of the Awards Nomination Committee, comprised of 70 leading trailblazing travel experts whose business it is to be in the know on the extraordinary boutique hotels. The Awards then coordinate hundreds of judge evaluation visits to each shortlisted nominee. The judges document all aspects of the guest experience covering five categories; dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and most importantly staff service and overall emotional impact. These extensive hand-written evaluations are finally pored over by our Awards Panel who decide our regional and World’s Best Award winners.Quotes From The Night‘It’s difficult to be different’ ‘We need a team, we need allies with whom we share our experience and learn from each other. I’m proud to be part of this family’– Wladimir Klitschko, Owner of 11 Mirrors, keynote speaker 2017‘We believe that luxury hospitality can be a force for good and that we can have a positive effect on the future.It’s not just about where we stay – it’s about how those hotels make us feel and the people, the visionaries, the individuals behind those hotels their attention to detail and the passion that creates extraordinary experience honour and privilege to be hear with the heavy weights of our industry’– Juliet Kinsman, Founder of  BOUTECOPresenting this years awards has been an absolute joy. Just to witness the warmth and camaraderie of the all these eccentric hotel owners who have come from all over the globe for this annual gathering is amazing.– Christabel Milbanke, Travel Writer and Editor of The London JournalistI’m humbled to accept this award and want to congratulate everyone in the room for their achievements. On behalf of all our team in South Africa, we’re honoured to be here and are inspired to be different and unique as you all are.– Paul Kinney, Owner of Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2017The 2017 World’s Best Category Winners are listed below.World’s Best Boutique HotelAkademie Street Boutique Hotel, South AfricaWorld’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel                             Qualia, Whitsundays, AustraliaWorld’s Best City Hotel                                                    The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, SpainWorld’s Best Classic Hotel                                               The Chester Grosvenor, EnglandWorld’s Best Culinary Hotel                                            Vila Joya, Algarve, PortugalWorld’s Most Inspired Design Hotel                             Ca Maria Adele, Venice, ItalyWorld’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway                             Carpe Diem, Santorini, GreeceWorld’s Best New Hotel                                                    Kensho, Mykonos, GreeceWorld’s Best Relaxation Retreat                                     Castello Di Guarene, ItalyWorld’s Most Romantic Hotel                                         Aenaon Villa, GreeceWorld’s Most Sustainable Hotel                                     Cottar’s Safari Lodge, Nairobi, KenyaWorld’s Best Wellness Spa                                               Lefay Resort & Spa, Gargnano, ItalyWorld’s Best Private Villa                                                Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas AND                                                                                               Coco Prive, Kuda Hithi Island, MaldivesThe 2018 Boutique Hotel Awards are now open.To nominate your favourite boutique hotels, find out about participating in the Awards, and read the reviews of all the winners go to:https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG489.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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