Jasprit Bumrah’s aged grandfather Santokh Singh — reportedly missing for two days — was found dead in Ahmedabad on Sunday.Ahmedabad police found the body near Dadhichi bridge on the Sabarmati riverfront. Police has registered a case of accidental death.Santokh Singh, aged 75, was missing after he travelled to Ahmedabad from Uttarakhand to meet his cricketer grandson. The family said it was his last wish to meet Jasprit and bless him before he breathed his last.A local TV channel said Santok Singh had alleged that Jasprit was not home when he went to meet him and that the cricketer’s mother didn’t let him meet him later on. He was reportedly missing since December 5.Bumrah is currently involved in the first ODI of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka at Dharamsala, where India were all out at 112.Having bowled out by Sachith Pathirana for a duck in 15 deliveries, Bumrah sent Danushka Gunathilaka packing for 1 early on in the Sri Lankan batting innings.Bumrah was recently rewarded for his limited-overs performances by getting a maiden call-up to the Test squad for South Africa tour.Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma praised Bumrah yesterday and said it was a great boost for the death-overs specialist.”It’s a great boost for him to be a part of the Test team. He was looking forward to it, he was for a while wanting to be a part of the Test team. It’s all the reward for what he has done in the ODI and T20 formats. Over the last year and so, how he has improved himself, on his bowling and fitness as well…it is a reward for all of those things and it shows. It’s a lesson for all those cricketers that if you put in all those hard yards, you will get the result…you will get rewarded. And Bumrah has actually been rewarded for the things that he has done in the past few years,” Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI.advertisementBumrah first came into the limelight in the Indian Premier League in 2013. Playing for Mumbai Indians, he picked up three wickets from two matches but was noticed for his slinging action. The following year, he played 11 matches and finished with five wickets but his death bowling made him a potent weapon for the Rohit-led team. The following year was also not that great in terms of wickets but he delivered when the captain needed him.
PHILADELPHIA — After another game-ending RBI, teams might think twice about intentionally walking Chase Utley to get to Ryan Howard.Howard singled with two outs in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd had a tying hit and the Philadelphia Phillies pulled out a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets on Aug. 10.“You’re not out of it until 27 outs,” said Howard, who was mobbed by his teammates near first base after the hit. “It was a little hectic but, you know what? I’ll take it.”Utley singled, tripled, homered and drove in three runs for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game skid against the Mets. Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud homered for New York.The Mets appeared positioned for their 12th victory in the last 13 games against the Phillies in Philadelphia before the ninth.Cody Asche led off with a double off Jenrry Mejia (5-5) and scored when Byrd lined a hit up the middle. Two outs later, Byrd stole second and, after getting the count to 3-2, the Mets intentionally walked Utley.Howard followed with a single to right on a full-count pitch.The beleaguered slugger, who recently was benched for three games, pointed skyward after rounding first before getting mobbed by his teammates near first base.“That’s big for his confidence,” said Philadelphia Manager Ryne Sandberg, who benched a slumping Howard for three days in late July. “He’s been in these situations before. Right guy in the right place.”Ken Giles (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to cap four innings of scoreless relief by three Phillies bullpen arms.It was the second time in six games Howard faced the scenario. The Astros walked Utley for Howard on Aug. 5 and the Philadelphia slugger singled home the winning run in Philadelphia’s 2-1, 15-inning victory.“I wasn’t surprised at all,” Howard said. “The winning run on second base and I didn’t have any hits. I still have great confidence. I feel real good about my swing.”While Howard wasn’t surprised, Mejia was.“I want to finish (against Utley) but I’m not the manager,” Mejia said. “I have to do whatever the manager wants me to do. A little bit surprised but I can’t do anything. Terry Collins is the manager. I’m just the player. I have to do whatever he wants me to do.”Collins stood by his decision.“I’m not going to let (Utley) beat me,” he said. “Howard’s been struggling. You’ve got to make him beat you. In my book, that’s the way I look at it.”Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on three hits in six innings. He is 4-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last eight games.Kyle Kendrick extended his struggles this season. The right-hander was charged with six runs — five earned — on 10 hits in five innings. “He struggled with balls over the plate,” Sandberg said.(AARON BRACY)TweetPinShare0 Shares