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Travails with the tail- The Biggest roadblock between Kohli's India and history Down Under  

Harshit Anand Updated: 11 December, 2018, 4:05 PM IST

HIGHLIGHTS

It took a special delivery from India's ace off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin to dismiss Australia's no.11, Josh Hazlewood in the Adelaide Test. He flighted the ball, which had loop, drift, and just about enough to tempt Hazlewood into a drive and bring the slip fielder in play. The ball spun away to take the edge of the batsman. The moment KL Rahul took the catch at second slip, Kohli's India erupted in joy. They had to wait for over a decade to see their side romping to a Test victory Down Under.

No one was more delighted and rapturous than the man himself, the anchor and commander of the ship- Virat Kohli. After all, he had seen his ship sinking many a time, especially, this year. He celebrated the win like there would be no tomorrow. He brought out the characteristic Kohli fist pump and just the raw happiness of overcoming all the hurdles en route to something that comes as rare as anything- a Test win in Australia, was a captivating sight for Indian fans, who have closely followed the ebbs and flows of India's performance in Tests, this year.

But the opening Test at Adelaide Oval again magnified India's travails with the tail. If Test cricket was about picking first six wickets, then undoubtedly and unsurprisingly, India would have been as dominant as anyone away from home. India's inability to bundle out opposition's tail has been as old as anything. And when it comes to SENA countries, the wagging of the tail is anything but a surprise.

The lower-order contribution from opposition haunted India badly in England Tests as well, where they lost the Test series by 1-4 despite being much more competitive than the scoreline suggests.

Since the start of their tour of South Africa in 2013, they’ve been conceding 31.86 runs on an average from seventh to the tenth wicket in SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia). India have conceded 24, 50-plus stands and seven hundred or more stands when it comes to oppositions last-four wickets.

If we talk about the last series in England, India gave away runs at an average of 32.74 to partnerships between the first wicket to the sixth wicket while 27.25 runs per wicket for last -four stands.

Often, England's tail bailed them out of pressure-cooker situations or gave them the ascendancy against India. It proved significant in the context of the series.

Even in the first Test, India might have won the game but Australia's tail must have sent chills down the spine of Kohli and co. After all, they have been plagued by the ache of the tail over and again.

In Australia's first innings, the first six wickets scored 127 runs while the last-four added 108 runs. Things became a lot more close, perhaps terrifying in Australia's second innings when hosts' lower-order helped them fight back in the game out of a very difficult situation.

Australia lost their first six wickets for 156 runs but the last four added as many as 135 runs to give India a big scare. They put Australia close to what could have been an unbelievable win. In fact, Australia's last four wickets averaged 30.37 per wicket in comparison to the first six wickets which could add runs only at an average of 23.58.

Indian bowlers have often looked out of sorts after picking up first six wickets. They have either not bowled according to set plans or been just clueless how to get the tail out. Kohli's field settings and bowling changes haven't helped India's cause either.

On the final day of the Adelaide Test, Kohli kept the field spread out that too against Australia's no.11, Josh Hazlewood despite India being in driver's seat and full pressure on Australia to win an improbable game.

Kohli was seen turning defensive even in England when Sam Curran used to counter-attack Indian bowlers. Oppositions' tail often frustrates India and this been an age-old problem. And it was at its peak in Adelaide.

It could have been deja-vu of England series at Adelaide Oval. But the bowlers put up a spirited show to seal the deal despite having a four-man attack. But, in the upcoming Tests, Australia's tail can stand tall and stop Kohli's India from doing what no other Indian team has done in the last 71 years- win a Test series in Australia.

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See Pics: Virat with Anushka, Rohit's adorable moment as India return after series Down Under

Staff Writer Updated: 13 February, 2019, 4:58 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Team India is back home after a long tour of Australia and New Zealand. The visitors defeated Australia in the Tests and ODIs while drew the T20I series.

Men in blue won the ODI series against New Zealand while they lost the T20 series. Many of the players were spotted at the airport. After bidding good bye to each other, they headed in different directors before they resemble for the limited overs series against Australia.

Bromance Continues

Kuldeep Yadav shared a picture of himself along with Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant and Khaleel Ahmed. “After a long and grueling tour, time to head back home with loads of happy memories to cherish," he wrote.

Virushka

They were spotted at the airport and even shared an Instagram story with the fans.

Rohit's adorable moment with daughter Samaira

Rohit Sharma was seen playing with his daughter Samaira after returning from New Zealand.

Dinesh Karthik relaxes at home

He posted a picture of enjoying South Indian food at home. His better half Dipika also shared a pic of Karthik relaxing at home.

Mahi at airport

He was seen at the airport after returning back from New Zealand. The former skipper won the man of the series award against Australia in ODIs.

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Jonty Rhodes names the greatest fielder of all time and he is from India

Staff Writer Updated: 13 February, 2019, 4:41 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Jonty Rhodes is regarded as the best fielder of all time
  • He included one player each from Australia, India, England and two from South Africa
  • He kept Suresh Raina at the number one spot

Former fielding coach of Mumbai Indians Jonty Rhodes is regarded as the best fielder of all time. In a recent interview with the governing body of international cricket, he revealed the names of top five fielders of all time. He included one player each from Australia, India, England and two from South Africa. He gave fifth spot to former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, followed by English player Paul Collingwood. The second and third place went to AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs respectively. He kept Suresh Raina at the number one spot.

Talking about Raina, Rhodes said “I’ve been a massive fan of Suresh Raina ever since he started to play. I know what the conditions of the fields are in India, and every time he practices, every time he dives, it’s gonna be so much of heat. He doesn’t even give a second hesitation of should I have dived or shouldn't have dived.

"He goes for the ball which pretty much what my philosophy is, 'if you don't go, you'll never know' and he has done that. He has taken great catches in the slips and in the outfield and in the circle. I have loved watching Suresh Raina. He is my number one fielder."

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Guru Rahul Dravid is inspiring Pakistan Cricket Board - Here’s how

Staff Writer Updated: 13 February, 2019, 4:23 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Rahul Dravid, the former Indian skipper, has played a key role in shaping the careers of Prithvi Shaw, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant and many other. The coach of India A and U-19 team is doing a phenomenal job since agreeing to coach the young guns of India. Team India is beating teams outside its own territory and the credit goes to Rahul Dravid, who has unearthed a lot of match winners in the last few years. Taking a leaf out of India's recent success, Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to appoint former players as coaches to groom young players. They have decided to rope in Younis Khan as the coach and manager of their U-19 side.

“Australia utilized the services of their top players like Rodney Marsh, Allan Border and Ricky Pointing while India has also given Dravid the responsibility of manning their under-19 players and it has produced good results,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying in a PTI report.

"We also need to have classes for our players as they go on to become ambassadors for the country. They will be given grooming and education at the National Cricket Academy. We should have attached our own coaches with foreign coaches just like India did so that they could have also learnt a lot more", he added.

Apart from Younis, Mohammad Yousuf is in line to become the batting coach at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

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Suresh Raina denies rumours of his death, says he is doing fine

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 13 February, 2019, 4:00 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Suresh Raina has blasted all those who are spreading fake news of his death, terming the whole thing unfortunate. Several videos and reports have claimed that Indian cricketer died in a road accident.

He took to twitter to update followers about his well-being.

"Past few days there has been fake news of me being hurt in a car accident. The hoax has my family & friends deeply disturbed. Please ignore any such news; with god's grace I'm doing absolutely fine. Those @youtube channels have been reported & hope strict actions will be taken soon," Raina wrote on Twitter.

He played a key role in Chennai Super Kings' title win in the last edition of the Indian Premier League. The left hand batsman amassed 445 runs for yellow brigade in 2018. Suresh Raina is the only player in the history of the league to score 300 plus runs in all 11 editions so far.

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MS Dhoni likely to be rested for T20 series

Staff Writer Updated: 13 February, 2019, 3:41 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

A report in Mumbai Mirror suggests that the former Indian skipper is likely to be rested to include Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in the upcoming T20 series against Australia. MS Dhoni is sure shot of representing India in the World Cup while there is a race between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik to fill the remaining one spot for reserve wicketkeeper.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could be rested considering their workload in international arena. Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested from the ODI series against Australia and the entire New Zealand tour, is expected to lead the attack in absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.

Keeping the hectic schedule in mind, the national selectors are expected to rest senior players like Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane are likely to be recalled in their absence.

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Vijay Shankar praises GURU MS Dhoni for vital contribution to his mindset

Harshit Anand Updated: 13 February, 2019, 3:26 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

MS Dhoni is one of the most popular figures in the world of cricket. His popularity in the Indian dressing room is akin to a cult figure. And why it wouldn't be like that? He is the only captain in cricket history to lead his country to triumphs in all the ICC events- World Cup, T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy. And not to forget that he has also won IPL and Champions League T20.

Vijay Shankar got a call-up in the Indian team after Hardik Pandya was called back home from India's tour of Australia. Shankar impressed one and all with his batting in ODI and T20I series against New Zealand. And he is the latest addition to MS Dhoni's admiration club.

“I was happy to be around with the seniors. Just watching them prepare for matches and learning. Moreover, I learnt a lot by watching Dhoni during run chases. I learnt a lot about how to pace an innings, especially during chases. I learnt about his mindset,” Shankar told PTI.

“It was a great experience to share the dressing room with names like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma. It is important to watch and learn from the seniors in the team,” Shankar added.

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West Indies is aiming to become world’s No. 1 team, says Jason Holder

Staff Writer Updated: 13 February, 2019, 3:18 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

After beating England in the Test series, Jason Holder, the Windies skipper, has stated that his side's main goal is to become the world's number one team. Although, England won the third Test but the home team was a better side throughout the series.

“We have got to keep improving in the three facets of the game and be clinical and lot more consistent,” said Holder.

“Our bowlers have done an outstanding job. It is up to our batsmen to contribute more.

“We need to continue to build and not rest on our laurels. Our number one goal is to be the number one team in the world so there is a lot to improve on.”

Roston Chase was the only player, who batted exceptionally well for West Indies in the last Test matches. He scored an unbeaten 102 in the second innings of the match.

“I had a chat with Roston before his innings,” said Holder.

“He was a little disheartened with his dismissals in this series so it is good to see him knuckle down and get some runs, especially in the context of the day. It would have been easy for us to be rolled over.”

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Pakistan capable of registering maiden win over India in World Cup, says Moin Khan

Staff Writer Updated: 13 February, 2019, 3:02 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Moin Khan, who was part of the World Cup winning Pakistan team in 1992, has backed the current squad under Sarfraz Ahmed to defeat India for the first time in the World Cup. He stated conditions in England are suitable for Pakistan and they showed that in the Champions Trophy finale where they beat India two years ago. Pakistan have never thumped Men in Blue at a World Cup in their past six meetings.

"This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there is depth and variety and Sarfraz Ahmed has now gelled the squad well," said Moin, who featured in two India vs Pakistan clashes at World Cup in 1992 and 199, in conversation with GTV News channel on Tuesday night. "I say this because our boys beat them (India) in the Champions Trophy two years back and I just feel that in English conditions in June we have better bowlers."

Despite his prediction, he is backing India and England to do well in the showpiece event.

"This should be a very interesting World Cup and I am backing Pakistan to beat India. Our boys are in good spirits and it is good they will go into the competition after having played ODI matches against South Africa, Australia and England," he said.

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Jasprit Bumrah reveals the one thing that makes Rohit Sharma a special captain

Harshit Anand Updated: 13 February, 2019, 2:54 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • IPL has played a major role in the growth and development of Jasprit Bumrah
  • He plays under Rohit Sharma for Mumbai Indians in the IPL
  • There he has formed a great partnership with Sharma

As a player, the one thing that matters a great deal to anyone is the faith of your captain. In cricket, the role of captain is more crucial given how much command he exerts over the team. So, if a captain has faith in your abilities you are able to focus on the task in hand than on other things going around.

IPL has played a major role in the growth and development of Jasprit Bumrah. He is one of the shining stars of Mumbai Indians and has done exceptionally well under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.

Jasprit Bumrah has shed light on Rohit Sharma the captain and revealed his special quality as a leader.

“He's seen me before I was an India player and he's seeing me now. He's seen phases that I've been through. The thing with Rohit is, he's never been different with me. He used to back me with a lot of space then and he does it now. He'll come, ask me what I see or believe in, set the field accordingly and then keeps backing me up all the time. Some days it works, some days it doesn't but it's always so reassuring,” said the 25-year-old.

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Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting’: Pant reacts to Ad

Staff Writer Updated: 13 February, 2019, 2:43 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Tim Paine had asked Rishabh Pant to babysit his kids while he was away with Mrs. Paine. The on-field banter was completed when the Indian wicketkeeper batsman actually got himself clicked with Paine’s kids and wife during Team India’s visit to Australia’s Prime Minister House.

Keeping this hilarious episode alive, Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the upcoming T20 and ODI series between India and Australia, came up with a new advertisement featuring Virender Sehwag. The former Indian opener is seen playing with kids, who have been dressed in the Australian jersey as he says: "Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge."

Rishabh Pant gave his reaction on the TV commercial for the upcoming India-Australia limited overs series.

"Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting — an inspiration always! @StarSportsIndia @virendersehwag,” he wrote.

Earlier, Matthew Hayden had warned the Indians after watching Sehwag's advertisement.

#BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy."

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I take very few people seriously in life: Jasprit Bumrah

Harshit Anand Updated: 13 February, 2019, 1:46 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Bumrah has been India's best pacer across formats
  • He made his test debut in 2018 against the Proteas
  • The Indian quick doesn't pay heed to what people think

Being a professional sportsperson is an arduous task. Yes, it does bring a lot of fame and name but it also opens you up to this harsh world of critics and fanatics. Not everyone can take criticism in their stride properly. But Indian pacer, Jasprit Bumrah said he doesn't pay heed to what people think, write and say about him and his action. The top Indian pacer opened up on a variety of things in an interview with TOI.

He gleefully went on to recall the wonderful year that 2018 was for him and also how small joys mean the world to him. He said, "Debut in Cape Town, a series win in Australia – what can be more wonderful than that? Now that I look back, small things that happened between spells, between innings, how wonderfully I got to learn with each passing game. The first innings in Cape Town for instance, I bowled, learnt what kind of line was required there, what the conditions demanded. And then coming back in the second innings keeping those aspects in mind, doing what was required – that is what I cherish.”

Bumrah also revealed how he surprised the English team in the UK, last year. “The third Test in England, Trent Bridge. I had missed the first two Tests and was making a comeback and there was so much talk already – in the England camp – they’d seen some videos, there was some analysis and all they did and there were experts there who said ‘this guy has only one type of delivery’, etc.

“Some claimed I only had an away delivery for left-handers. I said fine, if this is what they’re thinking, then I have a bit of an advantage here. Because they don’t know that I have an out-swinger as well. I remember I was bowling to Keaton Jennings and I started with two away deliveries. I teased him by moving slightly over the wicket before bringing one back in slightly. It turned out to be just enough. Small joys are the best ones, said Bumrah.

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West Indies played above their potential

Partab Ramchand Updated: 13 February, 2019, 12:55 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • England have subsequently slipped to No 5 following the loss in the Caribbean
  • Jason Holder was responsible for the success of Windies
  • Holder is the kind of captain who can steer the West Indies to greater deeds

So England finally pulled one back by winning the third and final Test against the West Indies by 232 runs. Call it salvaging their pride, a consolation win or a booby prize at least they did not lose the series 2-0 or 3-0 and a 2-1 defeat sounds relatively better. It still constitutes an upset result as it should when a team ranked No 3 loses to a team ranked No 8. England have subsequently slipped to No 5 following the loss in the Caribbean even as West Indies remain at No 8.

Even now when one looks at the team personnel it is hard to accept that England went down in the contest. On paper they had the stronger batting line-up, the more incisive bowling attack and vastly more experience. The difference was that they did not live upto their exalted status while the West Indians played above their potential. How much Jason Holder was responsible for their success can be gauged by the one simple fact that he was not around for the third Test due to his suspension and England emerged victorious.

There little doubt that Holder is the kind of captain who can steer the West Indies to greater deeds. He is a born leader and the main credit for the West Indian performance should go to him. Actually the West Indies are in the process of building a very good team and one can only see them go now from strength to strength. Whether it can lead to a full resurgence in West Indian cricket is a moot point but clearly the victory against England is not going to be a one off and opponents will now be wary of them.

For England disappointing as the result must be they can take the confidence of the victory in the final Test to their next big assignment – the Ashes campaign in England. They have weaknesses particularly in the batting and it was this department that let them down against the West Indies even as the bowling remain strong. England can also take heart from the fact that the last Ashes series they lost in England was way back in 2001. But Australia with Steve Smith and David Warner back will be formidable opposition. However that’s in the future. For the moment England will have mixed emotions at the end of the Test series in the Caribbean.

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Why Root Should Not be Shielding Gabriel

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 13 February, 2019, 12:20 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • England had the upper hand for the first time in three Tests
  • Root took note of Gabriel’s passion for the game and decided not to make the matter public
  • West Indies were missing a key figure in Jason Holder

There was an incident on the field between players of opposing teams. In the spirit of bonhomie, it is perhaps right to follow the adage of what happens on the field stays on the field. Joe Root, the England captain, decided to employ the same policy when asked about his exchange with a heated Shannon Gabriel, the fast bowler in the West Indies ranks.

Already a captain down, the West Indies were missing a key figure in Jason Holder who, despite his heroics in the Test series that the hosts won in a decade, had to sit out the third Test in St. Lucia because of the penalty for slow over rate on the part of the West Indies. Perhaps the scenario where England had the upper hand for the first time in three Tests – albeit in the dead rubber of a match, Root’s dominance and century got under the skin of the fast bowler. Without their regular skipper, it could be argued that the West Indies were dangerously crossing the line when the umpires stepped in.

While it is commendable that Root took note of Gabriel’s passion for the game and decided not to make the matter public and thereby, perhaps worse, while there is a sportsman’s spirit in play at hand, what cannot be overlooked is that these sportsmen are, also, in the privileged position of being seen as role models the world over. Enjoying cult success a la movie stars and celebrities, sportspersons have an important responsibility to set an example on the field and off it.

It speaks directly to the kind of backlash India’s Hardik Pandya and Pakistan’s captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, faced for not being sensitive to issues of race and colour. In that same light, it only behooves that as public figures in the limelight and in the age of social media, players are more mindful of how they are perceived in the larger world.

Although apparently there is no direct evidence to Gabriel’s utterances, Root’s response about ‘being gay is not a bad thing’ has been seen as evidence enough. That the umpires felt the need to step in suggests that there was every danger of the matter escalating beyond control. There is a reason why the bragging comments made by Pandya on a salacious television chat show, or insensitive ones made by Sarfraz in his role as a wicket keeper behind the stumps in South Africa came under a heavy barrage of criticism. Although none of these players have been dubbed racist per se, their comments certainly allude to a lack of education in sensitivity training and although one would not attribute labels to Shannon Gabriel yet, he must be made to realize that even one off-the-cuff comment could be enough to label him with monikers he would not be too proud of.

Cricketers, like all other sportspersons around the world, inherently carry the responsibility for what they do and what they say. Even a player of the caliber of Virat Kohli, at the height of his successes and performances on the field, was not spared on social media for his shocking statements in response to fans preferring foreign cricketers. It just goes to show that the world is a more aware place, that political correctness has perhaps taken on the garb of public vigilantism in the age of social media and there is a need for cricketers to not only uphold the game but also, uphold themselves and take responsibility so they can then evolve into instruments and catalysts for change.

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'Swedish invasion' set for IndyCar in 2019

AP Updated: 13 February, 2019, 11:42 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Ericsson and Rosenqvist took very different paths chasing checkered flags
  • Ericsson is just the latest driver to come to IndyCar from Formula One
  • Ericsson toiled for five years with F1's Caterham and Alfa Romeo Sauber teams

After their early years racing each other in karts, Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist took very different paths chasing checkered flags around the globe before finally landing in the United States.

Now they represent a "Swedish invasion" of IndyCar as two series rookies with vast experience and big expectations heading into the 2019 season.

"I hadn't seen Marcus is like five years. Since we started racing cars, we've never been in the same series," Rosenqvist said Tuesday at IndyCar testing at the Circuit of the Americas. "We've taken all kinds of weird roads and now we are here in the same place. It's quite fun."

They even live in the same apartment building in Indianapolis, where Ericsson and his girlfriend recently hosted Rosenqvist for a "taco Tuesday."

Not meatballs or pickled herring?

"Tacos are like the Swedish national dish," Rosenqvist laughed.

Ericsson, 28, is just the latest driver to come to IndyCar from Formula One, where seats are scarce and victories are rare if not impossible for drivers not on the top three teams. Few have made the transition better than Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi, who won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2016 and finished second in the championship last season.

Ericsson toiled for five years with F1's Caterham and Alfa Romeo Sauber teams, with no wins or podiums in 97 race starts before losing his F1 seat after last season when Alfa Romeo signed former world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Ericsson needed a new start. IndyCar, with its more competitive field, friendlier paddock and history of drivers making successful moves from F1, looked very attractive. And it had built-in appeal in Sweden with popular former drivers like Stefan Johansson and Kenny Brack, the only Swedish driver to win the Indianapolis 500, in 1999.

"I think people (in Sweden) are a little bit tired of F1. Everyone has followed Marcus's career closely and you saw what it means to be in a midfield team. You cannot win races, it's impossible," Rosenqvist said. "Marcus joining here, me joining here, with chances to win races and score podiums, I think people are really excited."

Ericsson said he quickly embraced the "open" environment of IndyCar compared to F1, from the relationships between drivers to the interaction with fans at the track.

"It's a fun series. Very open, like a family," Ericsson said. "Everyone is racing. Everyone has a chance. It feels like a series on the up."

Rosenqvist, 27, was chasing his own F1 dreams when he won the Formula 3 championship in 2015. He also raced Formula E from 2016-2018, where he won twice. It was a partial season in Indy Lights in 2016 — three wins in 10 races — that kindled the IndyCar fire for him.

"When I did Indy Lights, I told everyone that I would be back one day," Rosenqvis said. "That had been a dream of mine to drive IndyCar."

Their talent behind the wheel and the teams they joined have created expectations both will make an immediate impact.

Rosenqvist joined the powerful Chip Ganassi Racing team where teammate Scott Dixon has won five IndyCar championships, including last season. Ericsson is with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Dixon predicted this week that Rosenqvist could make an impact similar to that made by Robert Wickens in 2018, when the Canadian driver was rookie of the year with four pole positions before he was badly injured in a crash in Pocono in August.

"I'm not here to play around," Rosenqvist said. "I'm here to win and I think it's more a question of when rather than if."

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Spain's Ferrer advances at Argentina Open

AP Updated: 13 February, 2019, 11:38 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Veteran David Ferrer of Spain advanced in the Argentina Open, beating eighth-seeded Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 7-6 (13), 6-3.

The 36-year-old Ferrer, who has been ranked as high as No. 3, has pledged to retire in May.

Also on Tuesday, fifth-seeded Joao Souza of Portugal overcame Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero 6-3, 6-4.

Seventh seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia lost to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, a finalist last year, beat local favorite Guido Andreozzi 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Spain's Jaume Munar surprised Argentinian Federico Delbonis with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 victory.

The third Spaniard to win was Roberto Carballes Baena, who overcame Japan's Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-0.

In an all-Argentine clash, Guido Pella advanced with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Francisco Cerundolo.