Sunrisers Hyderabad after a five-day break are raring to go in their next IPL match against Gujarat Lions. Sunrisers played their last match on April 30, which they won against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 15 runs and skipper David Warner said the break has helped the players to regroup.”We won a couple, we lost a couple. We are coming out and putting up good performances. It’s going to be challenging for the guys but the team is in a good frame of mind. The guys had rest (during) last couple of days and everyone is fresh and ready to go,” Warner told reporters on the eve of the game.”For us, it’s about making sure that mentally we are ok, we are not exhausting ourselves. The guys had a little bit of training session on Wednesday. The guys bonded very well at resorts, some went for go-karting,” he said. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Stating that Gujarat Lions are a strong side, Warner said that Sunrisers Hyderabad need to make early inroads to contain the explosive batting line-up of the visitors.”We have to contain them early. Whether we bat or ball first, it’s all about first six overs and early wickets. For us as a batting unit, it is important not to lose too many wickets and for our bowlers it is important to get as many wickets as they can,” he said.The Australian said that their aim was to keep on winning games without thinking about others.”For us, it’s about winning. If we keep winning, we are going to make it to the finals. We don’t have to worry about what other teams do,” he said.advertisementWarner said as a captain, he is open-minded and always accessible to his teammates.”My life becomes easy when the guys are doing their job. If I feel something is not in place, I talk to the players. My doors are always open to the players,” he said.He also hinted that star player Yuvraj Singh, who is yet to feature in the tournament so far because of an injury, might play on Friday.”I think so,” was Warner’s reply when asked whether Yuvraj is fit.(with PTI inputs)
The Apricot Hotel has opened its doors for business amid the heart of Vietnam’s cultural and political capital, paying homage to art created by the nation’s master painters and contemporary up and comers.With sweeping views of the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake and the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s quaint Old Quarter at its doorstep, the small luxury five-star hotel’s features include 123 neo-classical rooms, two restaurants, a lobby lounge and cafe, rooftop bar, heated rooftop swimming pool, meeting facilities, spa and fitness centre.Akin to a large-scale gallery, Apricot Hotel showcases more than 600 original artworks, with the lobby, corridors and rooms adorned with an array of original and valuable artworks by the nation’s most popular painters ranging from large masterpieces and sculptures to watercolours and sketches.Among the hotel’s broad spectrum of artworks, highlights by master painters include Nguyễn Dung’s Hát Ả Đào (Traditional Folk Song Singers) with its earthy colours, Mai Thứ’s poignant Thiếu Nữ (Young Girl), and Phan Kế An’s Nhớ Một Chiều Tây Băc (Recalling One Late Afternoon in Tay Bac) that subtly hints at the heroism of Vietnamese troops to a dramatic mountainous backdrop during the French-Vietnamese war.Artists Bùi Hữu Hùng and Hồng Việt Dũng lead the charge on the contemporary front with bold, golden-hued Nhã Nhạc (Royal Elegant Music) and Rừng Cọ (Palm Forest) respectively, with the latter work’s muted tones bringing depth to a scene seemingly devoid of human influence except for a miniature boat in the foreground.“Art is a gateway to the deepest, most profound depths of any culture,” said Steve Tan, the hotel’s general manager. “At the same time we’re providing a stationary experience of accommodation, we’re going to take guests on an incredible journey through the history of Vietnamese art and culture.”Steeped in French colonial history, the 10-story Apricot Hotel building has experienced a new lease on life since undergoing a major revamp resulting in a classic meets modern design. It was formerly the Phú Gia Hotel, where the city’s movers and shakers began gathering since the 1920s.In addition to five categories of rooms and suites aptly named “Sketch”, “Canvas”, “Gallery”, “Masterpiece” and “Studio”, the hotel’s mezzanine “L’Artiste” restaurant boasts an open-style kitchen and menus in the design of an artist’s sketchbook while “A’telier”, located in the hotel lobby, serves a selection of teas from across the globe.