Cricket News One has to be a match-winner for the country: Lasith Malinga after ODI retirement

first_img New Delhi: The first ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R Premadasa stadium on Friday after the end of their poor ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaigns had a huge significance for the hosts. Lasith Malinga, the bowling spearhead who made a name for himself with his slinging action, brilliant death overs bowling and ability to take hat-tricks at will, was playing his last ODI. Sri Lanka was boosted by a brilliant 111 from Kusal Perera as they reached 314/8. In response, the Sri Lankan crowds witnessed a Malinga special as he sent back Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. With Bangladesh reeling, the stage was set for Malinga to bow out with the ultimate farewell. Bowling his final over, Malinga got the wicket of Mustafizur Rahman with a full ball for 18 as Bangladesh lost by 91 runs. Malinga ended with figures of 9.4-2-38-3 and ended with 338 wickets, the ninth-best among bowlers in ODIs going past Anil Kumble’s mark. Speaking after the end of the match, Malinga said it was the right time to retire from ODIs and urged future players to be match-winners for the country. “I have been playing for the last 15 years for Sri Lanka and this is the right time to move on. My time is over and I have to go. Winning is very important for me; We are a young team. I tried my best throughout my career. Some of the young bowlers in the country have a good ability, so they need to try and produce match-winning spells. You have to be a match-winner for your team, that’s my advice,” Malinga said.Also Read | Lasith Malinga asks BIG question to himself ahead of World Cup 2019Before Malinga came on to bowl, he was given a guard of honour by both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh players and he bid an emotional goodbye to all the fans at the Premadasa. In the post-match press conference, Malinga revealed his mode of operation that had yielded him so much success in the last 15 years. ” I only targeted to ball in fuller length. That delivery gives you 3 options to get a batsman out. Either bowled, lbw or snick. Short or back of length delivery only gives an edge. Why should I try otherwise when I can get success in one delivery?,” Malinga said.Also Read | Lasith Malinga aces the art of redemption after Mumbai Indians’ one-run win in IPL 2019 finalMalinga has left a big impression in world cricket during his 15 years. His ability to nail the yorkers at will set the template for death-overs bowling. His slingy action made him unique. He created history by becoming the first bowler to take four wickets in four balls during the World Cup encounter against South Africa in Guyana during the 2007 World Cup edition. Malinga has also taken three hat-tricks in ODIs which is the most by any bowler. In the Indian Premier League, Malinga is the leading wicket-taker and played a major part in Mumbai Indians’ four IPL title triumphs, including the last one against Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad which they won by one run when he trapped Shardul Thakur LBW with two runs needed off the last ball. Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in ODIs for Sri Lanka.Malinga has the ninth-highest wickets in ODIs with 338 wickets.Malinga is the only bowler to take four wickets in four balls. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Sample to give commencement address

first_imgThe university announced Friday that President Steven B. Sample, whose 19-year tenure as president concludes in August, will be this year’s commencement speaker.Honors · President Steven B. Sample, pictured here christening a crew skull named in his honor, will speak at commencement. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanSample, who announced his decision to retire in November, will address more than 10,000 graduates May 14 at the 127th annual commencement ceremony. Previous commencement speakers include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Koppel, Neil Armstrong and Bill Cosby.John Callaghan, a professor who is organizing the annual commencement ceremony and is serving as the university marshal, said he believes commencement will be the best opportunity for Sample to say goodbye to the university.“It will be the perfect occasion for him to address the students for the last time, and I am sure that he is very much looking forward to this opportunity,” Callaghan wrote in an e-mail. “But I am equally sure that he will feel considerable sadness after 19 years at the helm, when he has been so very close to so many students and their activities.”Many USC seniors said they are also happy that Sample is getting a chance to speak to them for the last time, but some said they feel short-changed, since the commencement address is traditionally given by a high-profile figure from outside the university.Justin Layman, a senior majoring in political science, said the announcement was definitely not what he expected.“Last year, having Arnold Schwarzenegger was a big thing,” Layman said. “This is more of a safe pick.”Layman also said, however, that he believes this was a good choice because Sample was one of the best presidents in USC’s history.“This is the one case where I would be okay with not having a high-profile speaker,” Layman said. “Some people might feel robbed, but … in terms of USC, he is high-profile.”Miho Aoki, a senior majoring in biology, said she is happy the university is honoring Sample but is disappointed the commencement speaker is not somebody unaffiliated with USC.“I feel like we’re missing out on the whole commencement experience,” Aoki said. “As students, we don’t really have a say on who the commencement speaker is.”Aoki said she believes the university should consider allowing students to give their input in the future.Vanessa Kuroda, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, said she is excited for Sample’s commencement address because she has never heard him give a speech before.“From what I’ve read about President Sample, he seems to be very inspiring,” Kuroda said. “I’m interested in what he has to say.”Kuroda said she understands why seniors would be disappointed, but thinks this is a good chance for Sample to give his parting words.Henry Ho, a senior majoring in biology and political science, said although he does not care much about the speaker, he is a little let down by the choice.“Given that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the speaker last year, I guess I’m slightly disappointed,” Ho said. “But the commencement speaker isn’t a big deal for me.”Despite slight disappointment, many seniors said they are glad to see the university honor Sample.“I definitely think it’s great for the university because of the progress it has made under his presidency,” said Eloy Ledesma, a senior majoring in business administration. “The experience he has provided here has been invaluable and it is incomparable to other schools.”last_img read more

Kings of the Merch – Benoit Pagotto – Fnatic

first_imgNext up in our ‘Kings of the Merch’ series which looks at the merchandising and apparel opportunity in esports right now is Benoit Pagotto is the Head of Marketing at Fnatic. Check out our previous two with ULT and eUnited, and NiP respectively.Esports Insider: Benoit tell us how did you become Fnatic’s Head of Marketing, and what does your day to day look like? Benoit Pagotto, FnaticBenoit Pagotto: I got in touch with Fnatic because I was interested in developing retail experiences with them. Being a huge gaming and esports geek, with past experience in retail experience and design for luxury and fashion brands, I thought that Fnatic, as brand, could be the one that was best placed to innovate in that space. Working with Wouter [CEO] and Sam [Founder] for a time as a consultant, they then asked if I could join as Head of Marketing. I didn’t hesitate and now here I am!“Honestly, it’s the best job in the world. It’s more than a job, it’s a dream we’re making happen everyday”My day to day is pretty hectic, ranging from meetings with cool collaborators and explaining to them how they can use Fnatic as a platform for their talent, workshops with our players to help then develop their personal brand, defining a new apparel range, working with community members to develop virtual content…  honestly it’s the best job in the world. Our brand, teams and company culture are all amazing, and Fnatic is the best platform for me to leverage my skills and past experiences. We’re focused on creating the best for our brand, our fans and push the industry forward. It’s more than a job, it’s a dream we’re making happen everyday. ESI:  Do you think esports teams are better placed than any other type of sports team to capitalise on generating income and building a brand via merch? Benoit: Esports teams, and especially Fnatic, are exceptionally well positioned to develop merchandise. This is because we’re in a fan business, in one of the most exciting and probably game changing industries, in history. Esports is all about the passion, the excitement, the pride of being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Merch is a bit part of that; it’s naturally big at events but it’s important outside of them too.“Esports teams, and especially Fnatic, are exceptionally well positioned to develop merchandise”The huge advantage we have compared to traditional sports is the fact that what we create doesn’t have to be physical either; there’s a huge opportunity in virtual content for all of us, on top of the numerous traditional merch avenues. We are constantly challenging ourselves on how we can create cool products, apparel and experiences for our fans that they’ll be proud to wear and use on a daily basis, whether that’s in real life or in-game. We have some cool stuff coming in that regards…you’ll have to wait and see! ESI: Fnatic are one of the world leaders in esports in terms of building a brand. How key a role does merchandise play in this and in your marketing role, how do you deliver the message? Benoit: Merchandising is important in the sense that’s it’s one very concrete and direct way to connect with our fans, and put our brand out there, outside of the esports realms.I’m very much involved in the apparel and product side of our business, coming from a fashion and luxury background. I’ve been working hard with the team to bring our merch quality and strategy to next level in the past year. To deliver the message, we’re now working with our best ambassadors, our players, and now influencers, such as Mojo on PC [super cool guy] combining Fnatic and our players’ reach with new related audiences. Events are also a big channel for us, with our booths and on site activations, it’s the best place to meet with our fans and get their feedback. We’ve started doing event exclusive merch to give something special to our hardcore fans following our teams around the world. ESI: Fnatic have ample clothing ranges which move away from the only option being a team jersey…are you aiming to become a lifestyle brand? Are there certain designers you’d like to work with and are there any collaborations on the agenda? Benoit: Becoming a lifestyle brand is something that’s happening to us organically, thanks to the power of our brand, our fans and the boom of the industry.We’re very keen to collaborate with different actors and industries. From the collabs we’ve done so far, with Ferry Gouw for example, who is mostly known for his work with Major Lazer and Stussy, it’s been great!“Becoming a lifestyle brand is something that’s happening to us organically”There are a bunch of great artists and creators out there, who might not be coming from esports, but who are immediately hooked up when we reach out to them. They understand the passion and opportunities to work with us as a way to express their art with a super young and dynamic audience. We’re preparing new collabs with great guys, and I’ve been amazed by the feedback so far, simply by sending all these cool artists I love an instagram DM.“We’re impatient to see the day they (Instagram) start to develop their own native ecommerce product offering”The funny thing is that a few of them are actually Fnatic fans already, from CS 1.6 days no less! Stay tuned as that’s an area we’ve got a lot of cool stuff currently in the works. ESI: What are your thoughts on using social channels to promote and sell Fnatic products? Is Instagram key, and will you be utilising the Facebook store option? Benoit: Social channels are key for us, and honestly, they are for any brand in the world these days. They all have their pros and cons, and we’re constantly testing and trying new approaches. Instagram is a channel we’re now putting more effort in, and we’re impatient to see the day they start to develop their own native ecommerce product offering.A shot from inside the Fnatic Bunkr in Shoreditch, LondonESI: You’ve a permanent Bunkr shop and venue space in Shoreditch. How much of your merchandise is sold via this outlet? What sells the best? And what’s the current status of opening up new Bunkrs elsewhere?Benoit: The Bunkr was supposed to be a pop up shop, with a six week lifespan.“We think of this Bunkr as space to discover and interact with esports and Fnatic, and for us to connect with our fans. We are looking into opening new ones in other countries.”We’ve now had it for over 8 months but I wouldn’t call it permanent quite yet. We initiated it as a test, to see how we would do an esports concept store, and the response has been great. Its main purpose has never been to generate a high dollars spent per square foot, but it’s doing well. Our best selling items are some of our lifestyle collections, bought both by esports fans and curious passers-by and tourists in Shoreditch. We think of this Bunkr as space to discover and interact with esports and Fnatic, and for us to connect with our fans.Our offices are just behind the shop so it’s great for us to always stay connected to our customers and fans. We are looking into opening new ones in other countries, we just need to find the right opportunity and time to actually make it, as we’re all very busy!last_img read more