Solid, flamboyant, secure, explosive. It’s hard to find a batsman who has all of those qualities & more. But these adjectives fall short when describing India’s new run machine KL Rahul. While he was as solid as ‘the Wall’ in the Test series, Rahul left everyone in awe with his maiden T20 ton in Florida.In his first exclusive interview post the Tour against West Indies, we asked KL Rahul which of the terms, either ‘Test specialist’ or ‘T20 specialist’ suits him best.”I think the media loves to brand players as soon as they get one or two good knocks. I think it is still early to be calling me a specialist in any of the formats. I am very new in international cricket & currently enjoying myself” says Rahul, who had just finished a training session at the NCA.INDIA WILL BE NO.1 in TESTS AGAINRahul was one of India’s lead batsmen in the Test series, third best run-scorer behind skipper Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane but the 24-year-old played a match less than the duo. His exploits helped India reach the No. 1 spot only for rain to play spoilsport. But India’s new run-machine adds that it’s only a matter of time before the team make the No.1 ranking their own, a ranking which has been the mission of skipper Virat Kohli.”There is no doubt in our heads that we are going to be no.1 very soon, it is just about how long we can stay in that position. With 13 or more Test matches coming our way in the next six months and everything being at home we are very confident that we will be the number one team for a very long time. The next 6-8 months give us a great challenge & opportunity to develop as a good strong young team and for individuals to go out there and challenge themselves, get more runs and do the job for the team,” a confident Rahul said.advertisementIn West Indies, the Mangalore lad smashed a ton in his very first innings of the series & scored at an average close to 80. So the Caribbean must be one of his favourite touring destinations? “I guess (laughs). Look we went there to do a job which was to win the Test series firstly. We went in with a very clear mind and a very fearless attitude. We wanted to go out there and play some aggressive cricket”, he added.’TEAM COMES FIRST’Terms like ‘the new Wall’ or ‘the new Virat’ were used in the media after his exploits with the bat and it wasn’t wrong. He has the patience, poise & the hunger which is rare in a batsman so new to the pressure of international cricket. However opportunities were not exactly served on a plate to him. Rahul had to wait for his chance. Despite a good show in the warm-up matches where he scored two half-centuries, he was still not in the playing XI for the 1st Test. However once he got the nod, Rahul ensured that he remained the No.1 choice for the remainder of the series.”When I got a chance in Jamaica I knew I had to make the most of it. It was unfortunate that (Murali) Vijay got hit on the hand & had to miss the Test but I wanted to grab the opportunity with both hands. I was batting well and I got a couple of fifties in the practice games and I was hitting the ball well in the nets. I just wanted to go out there and play my game and keep things simple and do the job for my team. We knew if we win that Test we would be sitting comfortably in the series. It was very important for me to go out there and score some runs so we could post a big target and bowl them out again to win the Test match. So I was thinking on those lines more than thinking about my personal score. I think that made it comfortable for me to go out there and post a big score. I tried to do whatever I could and when the chance came I obviously made the most of it”, he explained.SIMPLE PREPARATIONSHe looked at home at the pitches in the Caribbean, but to prepare for it, he only had a week-long training camp at the NCA with the rest of the team & under the watchful eyes of new coach Anil Kumble.advertisement”Not much, the preparations were very simple man”, he said. “I was watching a few games of the CPL and we thought the wickets will be similar, slow and with a bit of turn. So I tried to prepare myself for wickets which would be similar to those that we get in India. We got a week of training here in India to prepare so I could talk to Anil Kumble about what the pitches in the West Indies would be like but none of us knew what to expect. We had to prepare ourselves for whatever that would come our way. But all 4 wickets in the series were very different from what we were expecting, there was bounce and the wickets had something in them. So it was a good challenge” he added.’DHONI BEST CAPTAIN EVER’Even in his short career, Rahul has played under both MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli. He explained their leadership qualities to India Today, “With MS having so much experience behind him he understands what is best for the team. He is obviously the best captain that India or the world has ever seen there is no doubt about that. When he is in the dressing room there is a bit of calm, you know that the captain is doing most of the thinking, he will give you your roles & responsibilities and you just need to go and play them out. When it comes to Virat he is more energetic & has more passion. He wants the boys to be in the face of the players (opposition), be aggressive on the field and express themselves. We enjoy playing with both of them as leaders and both of them set great examples for rest of the boys in the team. They are great leaders and the team is in safe hands with both of them as leaders”.Cricket can be a cruel game and the star batsman got a taste of that. Despite scoring his maiden T20 ton, Rahul was at the non-striker’s end as he saw India fall short of a World record chase in the 1st T20 against the World Champions in Florida. Though his partnership with MS Dhoni was a joy to watch.”It was really good batting with MS, he was the best man for the situation. When he came in I was set too and was batting on fifty. He just walked in and started hitting boundaries and sixes from ball one which was good to see and we knew we had to score at over 13 runs an over. It was just one of those days, a one-off you know, as people have said before that 9 out of 10 times MS Dhoni would have finished that game off. He is the best finisher in the game”, concluded Rahul.Up next for him & team India is a tough home series against the Kiwis & claiming that No. 1 spot is their main target.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are ready to bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The Mirror says Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has sounded out Morata’s representatives and they are trying to persuade Chelsea to do a deal this month.The Spanish club are offering a loan deal worth £5m until the summer when they will pay £35m plus add-ons for the Spain international.Morata has become disillusioned at Chelsea after falling out of favour with Maurizio Sarri.But Chelsea are still reluctant to let Morata go without strengthening their own squad first.
New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission (EC) has ordered 26 lakh indelible ink bottles worth Rs 33 crore. The seven-phase election will begin on April 11 and conclude on May 19. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the poll panel had bought 21.5 lakh phials, 4.5 lakh less than this year.Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd, a government of Karnataka undertaking, is the only authorised manufacturer of indelible ink for the Election Commission. Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd Managing Director Chandrashekhar Doddamani said that the company has received an order for 26 lakh phials of 10cc each from the Election Commission. “The expected turnover is approximately Rs 33 crore,” he said. The order, Doddamani said, is higher than the last general elections by 4.5 lakh phials. In this election, nearly 90 crore people are eligible to case their votes for which the Election Commission will set up nearly 10 lakh polling stations across the country. In 1962, the Election Commission, in collaboration with the Law Ministry, National Physical Laboratory and National Research Development Corporation, had made an agreement with Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd for supply of indelible ink for Lok Sabha and assembly elections. Since then, it has been supplying the ink for elections in India. A bottle of indelible ink contains 10 cubic centimetres (cc). As per modern measurement methods, one cubic centimetre is equivalent to one millilitre. Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd exports indelible ink to more than 30 countries across the globe. Soon after the note ban, the company was asked to provide indelible ink to banks to mark customers exchanging defunct currency notes to check suspicious deposits. Grappling with unending queues and frayed tempers in banks and to check operation of syndicates after the note ban, the government had introduced the system of marking customers exchanging defunct currency notes with indelible ink.
Mumbai: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar reckons that the wickets in England and Wales, set to host the 2019 Cricket World Cup starting May 30, will assist batsmen and bowlers might struggle to swing the ball. Sachin said the summer conditions, which will prevail during the showpiece event, will not help bowlers much and the pitches will behave in a similar way as during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. “I am told it’s going to be a hot summer. Even during the Champions Trophy the wickets were superb when the sun was out. In the heat, the wickets get really flat. I am sure they will give beautiful tracks to bat on,” the 46-year-old said on the sidelines of the inauguration of the MIG Club pavilion named after him. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I don’t think there will be much difference in the conditions unless there is a heavy cloud cover. If there is a cloud cover, the ball might go around a bit. Even if that’s the case, I don’t see that happening for a longer duration, may be just in the initial overs,” he said. Sachin also felt as several Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan, are performing well in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), it will help in boosting their confidence for the World Cup. “A good performance in any format is good news because it gives the player confidence. If you are confident, that’s important,” he said. “The players have time to make some adjustments according to the conditions. All of them have played enough cricket to know what to do to improve,” Sachin remarked.
Kolkata: In a unique bid to create awareness among voters to exercise their franchise, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state introduced two trams with facilities to educate voters about the use of EVMs and VVPAT.One of the trams will move around South Kolkata with another in North Kolkata till Saturday. The two constituencies of Kolkata North and Kolkata South in the city, along with Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour and Jadavpur will go to polls on May 19, in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Tram is one of the modes that we are using for greater participation of common people in the electoral process. These will move around different parts of the city and create awareness about EVMs and VVPAT. Our icons for physically challenged voters will also motivate them,” CEO Bengal Ariz Aftab said on Tuesday, while flagging off a tram from Ballygunge tram depot. The trams have been decked up nicely with hoardings, banners and leaflets that speak about the importance of elections and at the same time, educate voters about the process. As per figures available with the Election Commission in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the two Kolkata parliamentary constituencies saw poor turnout of voters. Although the state average was a whopping 82.22 percent, Kolkata South recorded only 67.95 percent voting with North Kolkata at 65.99 percent. Some Assembly constituencies located within the city also witnessed poor percentage. Tollygunge, which falls under Jadavpur constituency, recorded a voting of 74.01 percent, while Metiabruz under Diamond Harbour constituency and Bidhannagar Assembly segment under Barasat constituency recorded 72.26 percent and 71.81 percent respectively.
OSU redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne swings at a pitch.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite opening up Big Ten play with a sweep last weekend, the Ohio State softball team (19-8-1, 4-1-1) was unable to keep those dominant ways going, splitting its weekend series at Wisconsin (18-14-1, 3-2-1). Both the Buckeyes and the Badgers earned a win, while the final game Sunday was left in a tie.Offensively, sophomore Taylor White led the Buckeyes, going 7-for-10. The outfielder combined with redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre, redshirt junior Alex Bayne and junior Alex Kirk to deliver home runs. Bayne, who played the weekend in right field, now has 12 homers on the year, which is triple her 2015 total.Game 1The Badgers snapped the Buckeyes’ six-game winning streak in a tight 6-5 contest on Friday. Both teams were scoreless through the fourth inning due to the solid pitching from junior Shelby Hursh, who struck out six, and Wisconsin junior Kirsten Stevens.OSU jumped ahead in a big way in the top of the fifth after hits from Kirk and White, followed by sophomore Becca Gavin’s walk, sent Stevens and the Wisconsin defense into a bases-loaded situation. McIntyre came up big last weekend with a walk-off home run against Maryland, and she followed that up with another statement, blasting a grand slam to give the Buckeyes the lead.Wisconsin got on board after Hursh walked in the first run, which prompted freshman Morgan Ray, who earned the loss, to step in the circle for the remainder of the game. The Badgers then added two more in the bottom of the sixth after a series of infield singles and a walk moved runners around the bases.The slim 4-3 lead inspired OSU to push its lead to two following senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s RBI single to right field. Earlier in the inning, freshman Bri Betschel entered the game to pinch hit, and her sacrifice bunt brought Gavin into scoring position for Prantl.But the Buckeyes could not maintain their grasp on the lead as the Badgers headed to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore first baseman Samantha Arents jumpstarted the late rally with a deep double, and senior left fielder Katie Christner drew a walk to keep Wisconsin’s streak alive. Freshman Melanie Cross ended OSU’s hope for a win with her walk-off, three-run homer, putting OSU on the other side of the dramatic ending after last weekend.Game 2After cold temperatures left Saturday’s game postponed until the following day, OSU bounced back with a tight 10-8 victory in Sunday’s first matchup. Junior Lena Springer, who only saw one inning of action last weekend against Maryland, got the start in the circle but did not strike out a single Wisconsin batter in her four innings pitched.Both the Buckeyes and Badgers went scoreless in the first inning after leaving runners stranded in scoring position. After a quiet Friday, Bayne sent a two-RBI single through the left side after White, freshman second baseman Emily Clark and Gavin ignited the offense with a trio of singles in the second inning.Wisconsin brought in a run of its own in the bottom of the frame after Springer hit two batters and a string of infield groundouts moved the runners around the bases. OSU’s defense got out of a bases-loaded jam, and its offense lengthened its lead on White’s RBI triple in the top of the following inning.The Buckeyes’ 4-1 lead prompted an early pitching change by the Wisconsin pitching staff, swapping senior Taylor-Paige Stewart for sophomore Mariah Watts. Still, the Scarlet and Gray scored one more in the third on Clark’s deep double.After spending two games last weekend recovering from an injury, sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin returned briefly for the Buckeyes in order to ease back into the lineup. Freshman Bailee Sturgeon and redshirt junior Jess Machovina also filled designated player roles in the matchup to keep the Badgers defense on its toes.The Badgers added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a quick single by second baseman Macy Oswald but again left a runner stranded. White continued her hit streak with a leadoff single, but it was Kirk’s two-run shot over the fence that frustrated Wisconsin’s defense. Watts returned to the game for Stewart, which turned the tide of momentum back to the Badgers.Wisconsin scored six runs on just three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, beginning with a solo home run by Cross. McCombs entered the game to relieve Springer, but a handful of wild pitches moved runners into scoring position. Oswald added two runs with an outfield single, prompting another pitching change — Hursh for McCombs — for OSU. Sophomore Kelsey Jenkins sent a ball of her own over the fence to give the Badgers their first lead of the game.White, who went 4-for-4, then tied it up in the top of the seventh with a solo home run, and the bottom of the order followed up with a pair of singles. McIntyre brought Kirk home with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Bayne beat the throw from shortstop Ashley Van Zeeland to put the Buckeyes up two. In the bottom of the inning, Wisconsin went down in order, making the series a 1-1 split heading into the final game.Game 3OSU carried its offensive momentum into the final game of the series, kickstarted by Bayne’s two-run homer in the top of the first inning. The Buckeye defense then got out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation to stop Wisconsin from scoring any runs.Prantl added another double to her tally, which is now eight shy of OSU’s all-time record, bringing in Bayne with no outs in the third inning. Machovina hit an RBI double of her own to make the score 4-0, but a bases-loaded opportunity to add more runs was obstructed by Stewart’s effort from the mound.Cross put up her third home run of the weekend to give Wisconsin its first two runs, and a string of singles to the outfield gave the Badgers another big inning and a 5-4 lead.In what was only her third appearance of the season, OSU freshman Katya Duvall relieved Hursh, who struck out four batters in her outing. Duvall did not fan any batters of her own but held the Badgers to three earned runs.Machovina continued her clutch pinch hitting with a single to bring in Prantl and Bayne, sending the Buckeyes up again. Kirk gave OSU another comfortable lead with her second home run of the series, and season, a three-run shot.In the fifth inning, Van Zeeland bunted in a run due to an error by Kirk, and Cross continued her stellar weekend with a two-run double. In the following inning, Van Zeeland laid down another RBI bunt to tie the game at nine and send the teams into extra innings.After over three hours of play, time constraints left the game in a tie, closing the series without a clear weekend victor.Coming upOSU is next scheduled to face Penn State in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday before traveling to Piscataway, New Jersey, for a weekend series against Rutgers. First pitch from Buckeye Field is set to be at 4 p.m.
The work will be between mileposts 37 and 38 at the Sterling Wye. Expect lane closures, road blocks, road closures, stopped traffic, short delays, and be prepared to stop, maintenance equipment on the roadway. Mirian Morse with the DOT: “There will be intermittent traffic delays, April 4, which is tomorrow. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be doing Avalanche Hazard Reduction on the Seward Highway at Sterling Wye, on April 4.
The Army on Monday officially suspended the planned downsizing of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 25th Infantry Division, citing a variety of global threats facing the nation.“The 4/25 is ready to rapidly deploy and conduct decisive operations in urban and mountainous environments,” explained Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy. “Given continued Russian aggression, the nuclear provocations of North Korea, and the continued threat from ISIL, we need this capability,” Murphy said.Converting the Army’s only airborne BCT in the Pacific theater into an infantry battalion task force would have resulted in the loss of about 2,600 personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where the 4th BCT is based. The realignment was announced last July as part of a restructuring intended to shrink the Army’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers.The decision to postpone the move is not surprising, as top Army officials in recent months had said they were considering it in light of the security environment. The delay represents a victory for Alaska’s congressional delegation, which had lobbied vigorously against the Army’s plan since it was announced in July, reported Alaska Dispatch News. Last month, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), “It would be contrary to strategic national security interests to go ahead and pull out the 4/25 at this time. So my thought is that we should extend them at least a year to see how the strategic situation develops and then move from there.” With the announcement, “the Army sent a strong message that America remains dedicated to our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, understands our leading role in the Arctic, and is unyielding in our support for our critical alliances with Japan and South Korea,” according to a statement from Sen. Dan Sullivan (R). Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Neha Kakkar and Himansh KohliInstagramNeha Kakkar and Himansh Kohli were one of the most adorable couples, but they are no longer together. After their breakup, Neha had apparently deleted all their pictures from social media, but Himansh’s Instagram account still has their PDA photos.Neha and Himansh’s relationship had ended on an unpleasant note. The singer had made their split public by speaking about it on social media. She had even said that she was suffering from depression after the breakup.She was so upset with it that she was seen breaking down in public at multiple occasions. Post their breakup, Neha had deleted all her pictures with Himansh, and had even unfollowed him on Instagram.However, a look at Himansh’s Instagram profile shows that he has still not deleted the photos. Is Himansh still in love with the bubbly singer or there is a possibility of a reconciliation? Well, the truth can only be revealed by Neha and Himansh.Their split was a shocker for all the fans. The actor was vehemently attacked on social media by Neha’s fans, who had thought that he cheated on the singer. Neha’s public display of depression further made her fans upset, who had abused Himansh on social media.She soon had later issued a clarification saying that Himansh never cheated on her, and he did not deserve to be roasted on social media for this.Nonetheless, Neha has now come out of the difficult phase, and is seen often posting funny videos and updates of her work on Instagram. Recently she gave a dose of laughter to her fans with a video that showed her and YouTuber Lilly Singh pretending to be drunk. The act was to promote her latest single “Coca Cola Tu”.
Infosys, India’s second largest IT firm, has appointed Michael Pesch as the new chief executive of its consulting arm Infosys Consulting Holding, which was formerly known as Infosys Lodestone. The appointment is effective from April 1, 2016.Pesch’s appointment comes at a time when the company is stepping up its efforts to increase revenues from new areas such as cloud computing and digital technologies. Pesch will be responsible for Infosys’ consulting practice in Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region and will report to Sanjay Purohit, global head of Infosys consulting business, the company said in a statement.The brand said Pesch will focus on expanding the reach of Infosys consultants and experts in digital transformation and design-led innovation, as well as on increasing Infosys’ expertise in large-scale SAP programs.He will also serve as the regional head of Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH) countries, bringing an integrated approach to IT transformation to every client engagement in the region, it added.”Over the last several months, we have reinvigorated our global consulting business, strengthening our team and capabilities. Michael’s appointment as CEO of Infosys Consulting Holding AG adds to our strong leadership in Europe and will bring new vigor in our global consulting business,” said Purohit. The appointments are part of Infosys’ CEO Vishal Sikka’s strategy to put the company back on track to generate industry’s leading growth rates in the coming quarters. Sikka aims to boost its revenues to $20 billion by 2020 from the current $8.7 billion recorded last fiscal year.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Northern Virginia will host a game night and fish fry on April 24 at the Kappa Multipurpose Facility, 6343 South Kings Highway in Alexandria, Va. from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be card games, Bid Whist Tournaments and more. Tickets cost $20 per person, in advance ($25 at the Door). All tickets include a fish dinner. To purchase tickets, see a National Pan-Hellenic Council representative. For more information, visit www.novanphc.org
By The Associated PressTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the early hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana.U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that about 45 migrants got through the first layer of fencing but turned back when they saw the border patrol’s presence early Tuesday. CBP said migrants began to throw rocks at agents from the Mexican side while others tried to cross the concertina wire, including passing “toddler-sized children” over the wire.Migrants run as tear gas is thrown by U.S. Border Protection officers to the Mexican side of the border fence after they climbed the fence to get to San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall and hand themselves in to border patrol agents. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)Border patrol officers responded by firing smoke, pepper spray and tear gas at the rock throwers in Mexico, distinguishing them from those who were trying to cross the fence line, CBP said.“No agents witnessed any of the migrants at the fence line, including children, experiencing effects of the chemical agents, which were targeted at the rock throwers further away,” the statement said.However, an Associated Press photographer saw at least three volleys of gas launched onto the Mexican side near Tijuana’s beach that affected the migrants, including women and children, as well as journalists. The AP saw rocks thrown only after U.S. agents fired the tear gas.The AP photographer was on the Mexican side of the border, while border patrol agents who provided the information for the CBP statement were on the U.S. side.The incident took place between a highway and the border fence. The area is flat near the highway, then slopes sharply downward closer to the fence, where most of the migrants were clustered.U.S. authorities also had a helicopter flying over the scene during the incident so presumably the government has video that could show what was happening on both sides.The agency said 25 migrants were detained, while others crawled back into Mexico through a hole under the fence.CBP said that under its use of force policy, the incident would be reviewed by its Office of Professional Responsibility.Migrants who spoke with AP said they arrived in Tijuana last month with the caravan from Honduras.The caravan left Honduras in mid-October and grew to more than 6,000 members during its month-and-a-half trek north. It has been a constant target of President Donald Trump, who referred to it frequently before U.S. midterm elections in November.Many of the migrants are waiting in Tijuana for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., but there was a backlog before the caravan’s arrival and the wait is expected to be many months. Others have found jobs in Mexico and tried to settle there.In a previous incident, U.S. agents launched tear gas across the border after some migrants tried to breach the border following a peaceful march in Tijuana on Nov. 26. Hundreds of migrants who were downwind of the gas were affected.Trump has been locked in a fight with Congress over funding for the border wall that he wants to build. The stalemate has led to a partial government shutdown.