first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: After a quality show against Asian Champions Qatar in their previous World Cup qualifier at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, the Indian footballers are now gearing up for their next challenge as they take on Bangladesh at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on October 15. And one man who knows the turf at the YBK inside out is the legendary Bhaichung Bhutia.But more importantly, Bhutia has seen the fate of Indian football rise one step at a time and believes that the current set of players are improving with every outing. In fact, the former India skipper feels that playing against quality players in the Indian Super League (ISL) has helped the boys understand the challenges that come with playing against top teams. “In my opinion, the ISL has made the players more confident. I think competing with good players has definitely given them confidence and you can see that in the way they played the last two World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Qatar,” Bhaichung told IANS.But the maestro goes on to add that along with ISL, there are other factors as well that have helped in the overall growth of Indian football and that includes bringing in quality coaches.”What I am trying to say is that while the ISL has definitely helped as the players are now wearing a more confident look and have much more self-belief, there are a lot of other factors too and a major one in that is the tactical acumen that has come in with the coaches.”These boys did well under Stephen Constantine and are now doing well under Igor Stimac. The boys are improving tactically and their style of play has also improved. All these have combined to ensure the performance that you see on the field now,” he explained.The recent show by the Blue Tigers has earned the team a lot of praise from the football fraternity and Bhutia feels that it is a clear case of the players looking to learn from the foreign players who are coming in thanks to the ISL.”So, psychologically the players are now looking more confident. Due to the ISL, the boys are now playing and training with quality players. So, that definitely helps you learn a lot more and gain experience,” he signed off. Bhaichung BhutiafootballIndiaindian football First Published: October 2, 2019, 3:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgSricity, Apr 27 (PTI) Isuzu Motors India today opened its manufacturing plant here and rolled out its India-made D-Max pick-up.The facility was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.The initial production capacity of the plant is 50,000 units per annum and can be scaled up to 1,20,000 units, Isuzu Motors President Masanori Katayama said.”We are very happy to start our local manufacturing operations in India. India is one of the biggest automobile markets and also one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. India is a key part of Isuzu Motors global growth strategy,” he said.”This new plant in India will not only cater to requirements of the growing Indian market, but will serve as a key manufacturing hub for Isuzus global operations.”Isuzu had earlier committed an investment of Rs 3,000 crore for the Indian project.Ambassador of Japan to India Kenji Hiramatsu was present.With its existing operations in the US, Japan and Thailand, this plant in India is expected to provide a manufacturing leg-up to Isuzu globally.A statement from Isuzu said the new generation of Isuzu D-Max pick-ups will be manufactured at the plant, with 70 per cent localisation at the start of production, which will be stepped up.Isuzu will also consider export of vehicles manufactured at this facility at a suitable time in future.”This state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will follow Isuzu global manufacturing standards and Isuzu Manufacturing Management (IMM) practices. The plant will also focus on safety, quality and Isuzus commitment to environment,” it said. PTI GDK GK SRK ARDadvertisementlast_img read more