Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI win

first_img Rohan Sen New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 10:47 IST Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes and two boundaries during his 15-ball 32 at the Kotla (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians (168/5) beat Delhi Capitals (128/9) by 40 runsHardik picked up a wicket and smashed 32 off 15 balls at the KotlaHardik has amassed 218 runs in the season so far in 9 matches and picked up 8 wicketsHardik Pandya once again starred for the Mumbai Indians on Thursday night as they defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla to jump to the second spot in the points table.Hardik picked up a wicket and smashed 32 off 15 balls as Mumbai Indians successfully defended 168 to notch up their sixth win of the season against a strong Delhi lineup.This year Hardik has easily been at his best and is making telling contributions for Mumbai Indians. So what has the all-rounder done differently this season? He thinks it’s his brain that he is using more effectively.”Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me. I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard.”I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season,” Hardik Pandya said after the match against Delhi Capitals.A well deserved Man of the Match award for Hardik Pandya for his overall performance #MumbaiIndians (@IPL) April 18, 2019Hardik has amassed 218 runs in the season so far in 9 matches at an average of 43.60 and has picked 8 wickets in as many games. He has been one of the key reasons behind Mumbai’s consistency this season.advertisementOn Thursday, Hardik smashed three sixes and two boundaries which helped the visitors post 168 for 5 on the board. Hardik teamed up with his older brother Krunal to provide the much-needed late onslaught by hammering 51 runs off the last 18 balls to put Mumbai in a strong position.Hardik then took the wicket of Kagiso Rabada and gave away 17 runs from his two overs as Mumbai restricted Delhi to 129 for 9 in 20 overs. 19-year-old Rahul Chahar though, was the pick of the bowlers for MI as he finished with 3 for 19 off his four overs.DC suffered its first loss in the last four games and also its third loss at home out of four matches played at the Kotla this season.Mumbai, on the other hand, took another step towards the play-offs with their sixth win in nine games, taking them to 12 points, while Delhi remained on 10 points from nine matches.Also Read | Rahul Chahar joins forces with Pandyas to lift Mumbai Indians to No.2Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says Rohit after MI crush DCAlso Read | DC vs MI Highlights, IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI winHardik Pandya bagged his second man-of-the-match award in IPL 2019 after helping Mumbai Indians defeat Delhi Capitals on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

Battle for Ronas board could be put off until May while it

MONTREAL – A battle for control at Rona Inc. could be put off for six months after the home renovation retailer called an annual meeting in May and said it would look into replacing some of its directors.The Quebec-based hardware company said Thursday it has asked a head-hunting firm seeking a new CEO for Rona to also identify potential candidates for directors as it looks to increase representation from outside Quebec.Spokeswoman Michelle Laberge said the actions were already underway when Invesco Canada, its second-largest shareholder, announced Wednesday that it would seek to sweep out and replace the existing board.“It was in the plan that we were going to announce the AGM so that was always in the plan,” she said in an interview.“When they showed their intention (Wednesday) we just thought we would clarify that right off the bat and also clarify the fact that we have been in a process of identifying new board members for the upcoming AGM.”Laberge said executive search firm Korn/Ferry International was initially asked to seek new directors in September. Finding a replacement for Robert Dutton was only added to its mandate after the long-time chief executive resigned last week.“We proactively started to look into new members because we had some investors who wanted us to bring new people on board.”By announcing the annual meeting, Laberge said Rona has precluded the possibility of an earlier special meeting that was requested by the dissident shareholder.Invesco, which holds about 11 per cent of Rona’s stock, declined to comment Thursday.It is among the shareholders who are unhappy with years of weak results at Rona and the board’s unwillingness to entertain a $14.50 per share cash takeover bid from U.S. rival Lowe’s that represents about a 45 per cent premium from where the company’s stock has traded for much of the past year.Rona (TSX:RON) said in its proxy circular last year that $100 invested in the company at the end of 2006 was worth little more than $42 five years later.IA Michael Investment Counsel, manager of ABC Funds, which owns about three million shares representing 2.5 per cent of Rona, supports Invesco’s call for change, but is concerned by how long the process could take.“You’re talking a good six months from now. A lot can happen in the economy and various events so clearly we’re disappointed in seeing it dragged out too long,” president Irwin Michael said Thursday.Laberge wouldn’t say how many directors could be replaced, but none of the current 11 members has expressed an interest in not seeking re-election. There are also two vacancies.The board is led by lawyer Robert Pare and includes Geoff Molson, CEO of the Montreal Canadiens, and Quebec business leaders who have been affiliated with Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B), Rotisseries St-Hubert and Cascades (TSX:CAS).Many companies invite large shareholder to have seats on the board. But Laberge said that move “wasn’t part of the conversation we had internally.”She also wouldn’t say how many seats could go to people outside Quebec, but added candidates must meet certain criteria, including having a knowledge of the retail industry.Rona will announce its list of director candidates when it issues its proxy circular in March. Any shareholder can submit its own nominees.The retailer isn’t the first Canadian company to face a shareholder revolt this year. Canadian Pacific Railways (TSX:CP) dumped it CEO and replaced its board earlier this year after shareholders led by U.S. hedge fund manager Bill Ackman mounted a challenge over their dissatisfaction with CP’s performance.Rona said it hopes to avoid a proxy battle.“We want to be civilized and do things the right way and we are just opening conversation with our investors and hoping that we can have civilized conversations,” added Laberge.The company is pursuing its business strategy to improve results over the next 12 to 18 months by growing the number of smaller, neighbourhood stores and closing some big box locations.Rona currently has nearly 30,000 employees and 830 locations under its banner, giving Rona a bigger reach in Canada than Home Depot or Lowe’s, the No. 1 and No. 2 home improvement retailers in the United States. Home Depot has just 180 stores across Canada and Lowe’s has about 31 Canadian locations, out of 1,745 across North America.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Rona’s shares lost 37 cents, or 3.21 per cent, at $11.15 in afternoon trading. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2012 3:14 pm MDT Battle for Rona’s board could be put off until May while it seeks new directors read more