Royal Challengers Bangalore, studded with the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, have endured a horror run in IPL 2017 as they find themselves at the bottom of the points table. They have so far won only two out of 13 matches in their worst ever season since the inaugural edition in 2008.Kohli, who shattered several IPL records last time to register 973 runs and four hundreds, has managed only 250 from nine games this year after missing the first three matches due to a shoulder injury he sustained in the Ranchi Test against Australia.Analysing RCB’s dismal run, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has blamed the team’s misfiring stars.”Their big name players just aren’t standing up like they did last year,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”They got on an amazing roll at the back end of last year’s tournament when Kohli was playing out of his skin, de Villiers was playing well, Gayle was chipping in and Watson was doing a good job with bat and ball.”But so far Kohli has done next to nothing, there’s been flashes in the pan from Gayle and AB de Villiers, but the consistency just hasn’t been there.Ponting said RCB’s over dependence on their big names has been exposed in this season.”Watson’s the other one who hasn’t had that consistency and match-winning performances this season that he’s had in previous seasons. And he’s been in and out of the side and up and down the batting order to a degree. They’ve got some issues there.advertisement”It’s the same conversation we have about them every year; they rely on too few, as they have done for a while.”Quite often those few have been quite consistent and been good enough to win quite a lot of games for them. But this season it just hasn’t panned out that way.” read more
The Mario Batali Foundation will hold its Annual Honors Dinner on Sunday night In New York at Del Posto.The event will honor Gretchen Witt, founder of Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, at an intimate evening with Co-Host John C. Reilly and special guests Jim Gaffigan, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Jimmie Johnson, Emeril Lagasse, Marc Vetri, Lidia Bastianich and others.Launched in 2008, the Mario Batali Foundation was established by Mario Batali to feed, protect, educate and empower children, encouraging them to dream big while providing them with the necessary tools to become an active force for change in today’s world.For more info about the event, click here. read more
APTN National NewsA memorial that honours missing or murdered Indigenous women is now on display in the nation’s capital.The project is a travelling exhibit that is meant to pay homage to those women and children and to spark change.Here is APTN’s Annette Francis with this story.
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