Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has rated the current Australian team led by Steve Smith as the “weakest ever” in recent times to tour the Indian sub-continent.Hosts India are dubbed as overwhelming favourites against Australia in their upcoming four-Test series starting February 23 in Pune. (Australia will come hard at Virat Kohli in first Test: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”I have played against some of the best Australian sides. In my opinion, looking at the composition, this is the weakest Australian side to tour India. I don’t think this team has the wherewithal to cope with a quality Indian side in the Indian conditions. It can again be 4-0 like 2013 season,” Harbhajan said.When asked about the reason behind his strong observation, Harbhajan, who got a record 32 wickets in the epic 2001 series, said: “That team in 2001 had Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. In this team, if you take Steve Smith and David Warner out, I don’t think this batting line-up can offer resistance to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Both know how to get wickets on the Indian tracks.” (Tendulkar vs Australia or Kohli-Australia: Which rivalry is more fun?)Harbhajan termed the England side which was drubbed 0-4 in the five-Test series in December last year as a better outfit than this Australian team.”I believe the England team that toured India recently were a better batting outfit. They scored 400 plus runs on a multiple occasions. It’s not going to happen with this Australian side,” he said. (Anil Kumble in awe of ‘passionate’ Virat Kohli)advertisementHarbhajan opined that both Ashwin and Jadeja will pose a strong challenge to Smith, who is rated as a good player of spin bowling.”Take IPL out of the equation because those matches are played on flat batting pitches. And most of Smith’s centuries are against spinners on Australian pitches. The length varies, there’s less turn and the bounce makes it easier for stroke players. In India, Ashwin and Jadeja on these tracks will pose far bigger challenge for Smith. In case of Warner, he can attack which means he will give you chances,” he said.He was also dismissive of Mitchell Starc being a big threat to the Indian batsmen with his pace and ability to bowl reverse swing.”The series is starting at a time when India summer commences. Starc would find it difficult to bowl more than 3-4 overs at full tilt in this heat and humidity. Also how many overs will Starc bowl in an innings? 20 overs. So how much his body will hold during the third or fourth spell will be key,” he said. (Australia will lose 0-3 if they play well vs India: Harbhajan Singh)Talking about off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s role, Harbhajan commented: “I have a lot of respect for Nathan Lyon. He has 200 plus Test wickets being an off-spinner playing bulk of cricket Down Under. But then again, he will be bowling to the likes of Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay or Ajinkya Rahane in India is different. The other two spinners are absolute rookies.”Harbhajan also adviced the Indian bowlers to slow down the game in order to counter Warner. (R Ashwin will be ready for me but I have my game plan: David Warner to India Today)”Warner will not be a player who would score 35 runs in a session. If he is around, he will look to score 75-80 runs. Now if Ashwin and Jadeja slow down the game, you can probably counter him. If he is on the attack, Virat should set in-out field. Keep a straightish mid-wicket. The aim will be to bowl six deliveries to Warner. Don’t let him off strike. (Virat Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Steve Smith’s men)”The left-right combination can hamper the rhythm of the bowlers. If Warner is attacking, don’t have a forward short-leg and silly point for the heck of it just to play on a batsman’s mind. If the batsmen are on ascendancy, no harm in playing a waiting game,” he concluded.
Following the terrific success of Veeram and Vedalam, Ajith Kumar and Siruthai Siva are taming up for Vivegam.Ever since the first look was out, Thala Ajith’s mind-blowing physical transformation for the film has been the talk of the town. Needless to say, the pre-buzz for Vivegam is strong among the Tamils.While the team is wrapping up the shoot, Siruthai Siva has shared some interesting details about the film.He was quoted by Behindwoods as saying, “Vivegam will be an out and out action movie which will satisfy all. It is a high budget movie and I took enough time and paid special attention to the screenplay. There would be another look of Ajith coming soon; this will even be before the release of the teaser and the trailer. There is one more schedule left and we will soon be leaving for Bulgaria.”Several Kollywood celebrities took to Twitter and praised Ajith Kumar’s for his chiselled look.Also starring Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan, the film has music by Anirudh Ravichander, and is expected to release in the second half of this year.ALSO READ:Thakur Anoop Singh wants to lock horns with Prabhas ALSO READ:Vidya Balan roped in for Rajinikanth’s next with Ranjith? ALSO READ:SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 to be dubbed in Kannada?
Explosive Australian opener David Warner has backed Pat Cummins who has been called to replace injured Mitchell Starc for the remaining Tests against India, saying the right-arm pacer has the “firepower” to lead the attack.”We know he’s got a lot of pace which he will definitely bring and that’s one thing we always talk about,” cricket.com.au quoted Warner as saying on Cummins’ call-up.”You always have to have someone who is a spearhead quick and that’s always been the Australian approach and we know he’s got that firepower.””It’s been a long time (since his last Test) and he’s been working his backside off to get his body right for one and it was great to see him come back and play the Shield game the other day and bowl well,” he added.In a major blow to the Steve Smith led-side, Starc was yesterday ruled out of the last two Tests after suffering from a fracture in his right leg. The pace spearhead is the second Australian to be ruled out of the tour after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.”In selecting Pat, we were looking for a strike bowling replacement option,” Cricket Australia chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns as said.”Pat has impressed in his return to cricket this summer with consistent performances in his ODI, Twenty20 International and Big Bash matches,” he added.The left-arm pacer had picked up a stress fracture in his right foot during the second Test in Bengaluru, which Australia lost by 75 runs.advertisementCummins, if included in the Ranchi game beginning March 16, will play for the first time since his memorable debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2011. In that match, he took seven wickets.The four-match series is currently leveled at 1-1 with the visitors having won the first Test by 333 runs.
Embed the above image on your site 2012 Digital Giving Index infographic At Network for Good, we found online giving once more on the rise in 2012. You can see the data illustrated via the 2012 Digital Giving Index infographic below, but one thing worth noting is this: donations made directly through nonprofit websites with branded giving pages raised six times more dollars than generic giving pages.Network for Good created the Digital Giving Index to provide insights and information on charitable engagement for both nonprofits seeking to strengthen relationships with donors and companies seeking engage with consumers and employees. This Index builds on data and observations from The Online Giving Study, released in 2010, and is updated quarterly to provide timely snapshots of the state of charitable giving. We’re excited to share the data in a new format—an infographic!(Trouble viewing the infographic? Go here.)
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Ten-man Southampton produced a fine second-half rearguard display to beat Leicester City 2-1 and move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.Nampalys Mendy’s clumsy foul on Shane Long allowed James Ward-Prowse to drill home the opener from the penalty spot in the 11th minute, ending a run of four league visits to the King Power Stadium without a goal four Southampton.Yan Valery was sent off shortly before Long double the lead in first-half injury-time, but a much-improved Leicester halved the arrears through Wilfred Ndidi just before the hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side faced relentless pressure from thereon in, but Southampton held firm for a crucial three points – their first away top-flight win at Leicester since 2001 – that lifted them out of the bottom three. Leicester, dumped out of the FA Cup by fourth-tier Newport County last week, remain seventh.Stuart Armstrong had threatened twice by the time Ward-Prowse thumped a penalty high and left of Kasper Schmeichel after Mendy recklessly dragged Long to ground.Leicester were all at sea but nearly levelled when James Maddison’s free-kick fell for Wes Morgan, who was denied on the line by Jan Bednarek.Saints saw Valery receive a second yellow for a needless pull on Marc Albrighton, but they were 2-0 up by the break.Ricardo Pereira failed to deal with Alex McCarthy’s punt and Long outmuscled Mendy on the left of the box before curling past Schmeichel.Leicester unsurprisingly had more verve after the break and Ndidi knew little about his effort off the knee from Pereira’s cross but it was a lifeline nonetheless. Unsurprisingly it was one-way traffic from there and Jamie Vardy should have done better to direct Maddison’s cross goalwards from eight yards.Harvey Barnes and Maddison each tried their luck from range and Ndidi nodded wide from close range as Leicester pushed for a late leveller, but there was too much predictability about their play as Southampton returned to the south coast with a welcome win.#saintsfc pic.twitter.com/EEBWmfYwBq— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 12, 2019 What does it mean? Saints taking shape under HasenhuttlSaints’ initial upturn in fortunes under Hasenhuttl stuttered with a four-match winless streak in all competitions before this fixture, but there were plenty of encouraging signs here. The team pressed, harried and transitioned to attack well, while defensively they were solid following Valery’s red. The threat of relegation obviously still looms, but on this evidence it is a battle they can certainly win.Long stakes his claim as Redmond impressesHasenhuttl this week spoke of his desire for a new striker and allowed Manolo Gabbiadini to re-join Sampdoria, but Long – making his first league start since November 4 – did his chances of regular minutes no harm, cleverly winning the spot-kick and taking his goal well. Nathan Redmond also deserves credit. The winger can be a mercurial talent, but was a constant livewire with his pace and direct running on the break.Mendy’s moments of madness prove costlyThere were several under-par first-half performances from Leicester, with Ben Chilwell not his usual reliable self at full-back. But it really was a day to forget for Mendy, who gave away the penalty and allowed himself to be beaten far too easily for Long’s effort. He was unsurprisingly hauled off at the break as part of a double change from ex-Saints boss Claude Puel, which included an outing for the recalled Barnes.Key Opta Facts- Leicester City’s last three Premier League defeats have come against sides starting the day in 16th (Crystal Palace), 17th (Cardiff City) and 18th (Southampton).- Southampton have won two of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s four away games in the Premier League (D1 L1), as many victories on the road in the competition as in Mark Hughes’ full tenure at the club (P12 W2 D3 L7).- In matches involving Leicester in the Premier League this season, there have been nine red cards shown (four for, five against), the most of any club in the division.- Wilfried Ndidi has scored two goals in his last 13 Premier League appearances for Leicester, as many strikes as in his first 59 matches in the competition.- Southampton’s Yan Valery (19y 324d) is the youngest ever player to be sent off in a Premier League match for the Saints.What’s next?The Foxes will look to bounce back when they make the trip from east to west Midlands to face Wolves next Saturday, while a rejuvenated Southampton welcome Everton the St Mary’s Stadium. read more
Google launched “My Business” last week, a platform that helps small business owners reach their customers.The tool brings previously released tools like Maps, Google+ business pages, and Insights in one interface.”The idea is to let small businesses manage their online presence in a single, consolidated way,” Jen Fitzpatrick, Google’s vice president of engineering and product management, told CNN Money.”Business owners are busy and many have said they’re overwhelmed by the technology out there. We spent time thinking about how to make things simpler to empower businesses to become successful online.”Google is right that small business owners are often confused by online tools that claim to help them reach and understand their customers. Google found that just over half of small businesses have a website, though many don’t know what to do with it.Google has released a number of tools to help small business owners over the last several weeks, including a way to connect local business pages (on Maps) with their Google+ page.But unlike Google+ Local, Google My Business gives an opportunity for businesses that aren’t based in any location (including freelancers) to build a Google presence by selecting the “Brand” option.One caveat: Google warns that My Business is not designed to bring up your page higher in search results. If only!Download the (highly-rated) App here or visit the tool for desktop here.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred for India with a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 238 in the fifth and final ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.Bhuvneshwar returned with figures of 5/42 from 9.4 overs, with an economy of 4.34. This is also his maiden five-wicket haul in the 50-over format. His previous best was 4/8 from six overs against the same opposition at Port of Spain in 2013.Before this ODI, he failed to pick up a single wicket from the first three ODIs and was rested for the fourth match as Shardul Thakur was handed his debut. But he came back strong in the last ODI. (MS Dhoni strikes a hundred in ODI stumpings, overhauls Kumar Sangakkara)Bhuvi got the dangerous Niroshan Dickewella out in the third over with a well disguised knuckle ball. The 27-year-old struck again three overs later when Dilshan Munaweera went for a wild slog and handed an easy catch to the Indian captain Virat Kohli.Bhuvi was at the thick of things again when India needed him the most. Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne built a strong partnership for the fourth wicket and were looking dangerous when Kohli called upon Bhuvi again.He replied in fine fashion and castled the southpaw Thirimanne, sending him back to the pavilion for 67and denting Sri Lanka’s hopes for a strong finish. The hosts were stuttering towards the end of the innings and the Uttar Pradesh pacer finished the innings in fine fashion to pick up his maiden ODI fifer.advertisementHe got the wickets of Milinda Siriwardana and Lasith Malinga in quick succession to wrap the Sri Lankan innings with two balls to spare.Reuters PhotoThis is the second time an Indian bowler picked up a five-wicket haul in the series. Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah snapped up 5/27 in the third ODI to help India restrict Sri Lanka to 217 at Pallekele. This was also his career-best performance.Not only that, Bumrah is also the highest-wicket taker in the series with 15 scalps in the series. It is also the most wickets picked by a bowler in a bilateral five-match series.Bhuvi and Bumrah’s brilliant bowling performances mark the great progress in the pace department of Indian cricket. The visitors decided to rest two of their premier pacers in Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav and go with Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah and Shardul for their visit to the emerald islands.Bumrah responded in fine fashion and so did Shardul in the fourth ODI. The Mumbai pacer picked up 1/26 on his debut game as India crushed Sri Lanka by 168 runs at Colombo on August 31.Shami, Umesh and Ishant have also performed exceedingly well in the Test arena as well. They have guided the team to world No. 1 position in Test cricket and are greatly backed by Bhuvi when called upon. This is the first time for quite a while that India have had a flurry of pace bowling options, who can make a mark in different conditions.As India get ready for tougher tests ahead against South Africa and England in the coming year, this problem of plenty will certainly be a welcome headache for Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri as they look to maintain their domination in world cricket.Congratulations, @BhuviOfficial! ??? #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/wGzHnh7U3P- ICC (@ICC) September 3, 2017
Mithali Raj, the captain of Indian women’s cricket team, has been named as one of the most influential women in India by the BBC.The BBC 100 women list 2017 comprises of women from different spheres of life, from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business – they represent the global wealth of female talent.Other Indians on the BBC 100 women list 2017Ira Trivedi: She is a writerTulika Kiran: Teacher and social workerAditi Avasthi: She is the founder and CEO at Embibe – an edtech platformMehroonisa Siddiqui: The 65-year-old is the mother of Indian actor Nawazuddin SiddiquiNitya Thummalachetty: Director of Diversity, FortunaPIXPriyanka Roy: She is a 16-year-old studentRupi Kaur: She is an author and illustratorUnique aspect of the BBC 100 women list 2017The thing that makes this year’s list stand out from last year is that the women on the list will be part of the 100 Women Challenge, tackling some of the biggest problems women are facing around the worldThey will be divided in four teams, where they will share their experiences and create innovative ways to tackle:The glass ceilingFemale illiteracyStreet harassmentSexism in sportInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
ICC umpire Richard Illingworth, who officiated as the third umpire in the fifth One Day International between India and Australia in Nagpur has been hospitalised, following chest pain.The umpire from England was hospitalised on Monday, Director (Operations), Alexis Hospital, Suresh Tripathi told PTI.Sources from Vidarbha Cricket Association said the umpire was admitted following complaint of chest pain.”Two doctors including a cardiologist are attending him. His condition is stable,” Tripathi added.On October 1, Rohit Sharma achieved a memorable milestone with his classy century as India outplayed Australia by seven wickets in the fifth ODI to seal the series 4-1 and cement their number one spot in the ICC rankings.
World number one Rafael Nadal believes Nick Kyrgios has everything to succeed despite the Australian player’s straight sets defeat at the hands of the former in the high-profile China Open final.Nadal extended his winning streak to 12 after easing past Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1 in what turned out to be a one-sided summit clash in Beijing on Sunday.Despite Kyrgios’ meltdown, 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal has no doubts about the Australian player’s talent as he said that he was baffled by some of his tactics.”Of course, some moments were a little bit strange for me, something a little bit unusual. He has everything. He has unbelievable good eyes, when you play against him, it looks like he has time for everything. That’s very difficult,” Sport24 quoted Nadal as saying.Insisting that Kyrgios has great hands and a fantastic serve, the 31-year-old said that the world number 20 possesses everything possible to compete in major events.”Then, of course, he has great hands and a fantastic serve. He has everything to fight for almost all the events of the year. So let’s see what can happen in the future, but of course he will be a candidate for everything,” he said.The two players will immediately head from Beijing to the Shanghai Masters, where swiss maestro Roger Federer will also be in action.
The International Olympic Committee on Friday announced that its Executive Board will on December 5 announce its decision on the participation of Russian athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Koreas PyeongChang.The IOC Executive Board will meet in Lausanne on December 5 and 6, reports Tass news agency.A decision with regard to the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be taken by the IOC Executive Board, based on the findings of the two Commissions led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, and IOC Member Denis Oswald,” the IOC press service said.A press conference will be organised to announce the decision on December 5.
Tottenham came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 and book its place in the Champions League last 16 as group winner ahead of Real Madrid on Tuesday.Harry Kane and Son Heung-min cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike for Dortmund to keep Tottenham on top of Group H. Madrid was three points behind.With one round remaining, the defending champion cannot catch the English Premier League side on account of its inferior head-to-head record, despite its 6-0 rout of APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus. Tottenham drew with the Spanish champion in Madrid, then won the return fixture in London.”It’s done and now we can enjoy it,” said Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who hailed “a big achievement.”The best Dortmund can hope for, with two points from five games, is Europa League qualification. The side is struggling badly with only one win – in the German Cup – from nine games across all competitions.Aubameyang made the breakthrough after half an hour, firing to the far corner after Andrey Yarmolenko sent him through with a back-heel.Aubameyang, who was back in Dortmund’s lineup after being suspended by the club for “disciplinary reasons” last Thursday, was fortunate minutes later not to be booked for swiping at the back of Davinson Sanchez’s head.Tottenham pushed for the equalizer and almost got it before the break. Roman Buerki had to be alert to deny Christian Eriksen, and then made a brilliant save to thwart Eric Dier, whose effort was headed for the top corner.Kane’s equalizer, when it came after the break, was down to an error from Jeremy Toljan. The Dortmund defender lost the ball and Dele Alli fed Kane, who eluded two defenders on the edge of the area to fire the ball inside the left post.advertisementThe goal knocked Dortmund back. Mistakes crept into the home side’s game, passes went astray, and the players found it harder to push forward.Son capped a disciplined Tottenham performance with a quarter-hour remaining. Despite facing Marc Bartra and Mario Goetze, Alli skipped past and squared the ball for Son, who had enough space to pick his spot perfectly in the far top corner.Buerki was taken off on a stretcher before the end after Fernando Llorente connected with his head while going for the ball.”The players lacked the confidence to keep playing football. I thought we did very well in the first half, we created chances. After the equalizer, unfortunately we didn’t do it any more,” said Dortmund coach Peter Bosz, whose job is on the line in Saturday’s Ruhr derby against Schalke.
Indian tennis has produced some great players over the years but the frequency at which the players in the country break into the international circuit is something which is a cause for concern.Sania Mirza has been the flag-bearer of women’s tennis in India for over a decade now since turning pro way back in 2003.14 years and six Grand Slam doubles title later, the 31-year-old has nothing else to prove to her critics and now she only hopes that Indian tennis gets a proper system in place so that the country produces more talented players like herself in future. “I wish there was one problem that we could pin-point and fix it (in Indian tennis). It is not so simple as that. There are a lot of things that need to fall intoplace. But the first step is having a system, if I want my child tostart playing Tennis. As individual we can only do so much,” Sania told India Today’s Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview. Former India player Vijay Amritraj also weighed in on the issue and expressed concern at the state of tennis in India, especially junior and women’s tennis.”Junior Tennis in this country need to grow and someone like Jaidip doing anevent like this is huge, not only for Tennis in Kolkata or Tennis inwest Bengal also for the entire country. The fact that Sania is heremakes a huge difference for the growth of Tennis, especially for women’s Tennis. I think it is vital to improve sports for women in thiscountry,” he said. advertisement”We have to be worried for the simple reasonthat we just look at the facts. We won two medals in Rio (Olympics), wehaven’t made the world group in Davis Cup, we haven’t made the worldgroup in Fed cup. We are working towards all of it.”The question is whether we have a system in place to be able to provide that.Someone like Sania in today’s environment is critical for us to be ableto emulate boys and girls. The important thing is we eventually need aproper system in place like Spain does, or Australia does, or UnitedStates does and so and so forth. If we want to compete outside outshores. If we want to play domestically, then it is fine,” he added.Sania has pulled out of next year’s Australian Open due to a right knee injury and the former world No. 1 in women’s doubles revealed the extent of her injury and confirmed that surgery is on the cards now.”I have a bit of knee injury which is kind of serious. I have seen the doctors and we have to see what we have to do in due course. Surgery is probably on the cards,” Sania told India Today.”I will be out for a few months for sure. After 15 years, it is not such a bad thing to be out for a few months. It did wonders for Roger (Federer) when he was out for six months,” she added.She expressed hope that she would be fit in time to take part in the Commonwealth Games (April 4 to 15) and Asian Games (August 18 – September 2) next year.Sania, along with Amritraj, were attending the Premjit Lall Invitational Tennis Tournament at the Jaidip Mukerjea Academy in Kolkata.”Tennis is something that has been growing for the last few years, it is people like Jaidip Mukerjea and Vijay Amritraj that I have emulated, and have reached where ever I have.”We are hoping more people and more kids that are here today be these amazing players who are playing and also by us. Especially Jaidip sir and Vijay sir,” Sania said.
Virat Kohli’s 33rd hundred and Ajinkya Rahane’s classy half-century scripted a sensational 6-wicket win over South Africa in the first ODI of a six-match series.India also ended South Africa’s 17-ODI winning streak at home.Chasing 270 under lights, India were off to a watchful start before losing Rohit Sharma early. However, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli seemed to settle in nicely and the duo kept the scoreboard ticking.Dhawan was looking dangerous before a misunderstanding with Kohli resulted in a run-out. Dhawan walked off the field, visibly upset with his captain.The onus was on Kohli to steer the chase in the company of Rahane, who was making a comeback into the ODI team in the middle order after being branded an opening option.Rahane took his time to get going but Kohli started unleashing some breathtaking shots to put the pressure back on the South Africans. Not long after, Rahane found his touch and released some pressure with a delightful boundary off JP Duminy.Kohli and Rahane particularly played Imran Tahir well and nullified the world’s top-ranked ODI bowler with some deft footwork.Kohli was unrelenting in his pursuit of victory and punished any lose delivery South Africa dished up. The hosts were not defending plenty and Kohli’s aggression set them back further.The Indian captain had drawn some flak over his team selection in the first two Tests but he answered his critics with a sizzling 153 in Centurion and then gutsy performances in Johannesburg as he’d led India to their third Test victory in South Africa.advertisementOn Thursday, Kohli was in his zone again as he donned the hat of the chase master and smashed his maiden ODI hundred in South Africa and his second of this tour to script India’s maiden ODI win over the hosts in Durban.He was well assisted by Rahane, whose exclusion from the two Tests in Cape Town and Centurion had started a raging debate back home.Rahane matched Kohli shot for shot and by the time he departed for 79, India needed only 14 more to win.The result in itself was only a formality and the victory was achieved without much fuss, with MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya taking India over the ropes.Earlier, South African captain Faf Du Plessis carried his side as his team mates were strangled by India’s wrist spinners, slumping to 134-5 with Kuldeep Yadav the pick of the bunch as he finished with figures of 3-34 in an economical 10-over spell.Together with Chris Morris (37), Du Plessis piled on late runs to take South Africa to a better than expected total, and hand a sell-out crowd hope but still significantly short of a defendable target.The second game of the series is at Centurion in Pretoria on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)
Greater Noida, Feb 7 (PTI) Renault India, which unveiled a slew of models from its global portfolio at the Auto Expo here today, said it is hopeful meeting its both medium and long-term targets wherein it plans to double the volume and market share.With around 5 per cent market share, the French auto major with just four models ? Kwid, Duster, Captur and the Lodgy ? is the largest European car brand and the seventh largest overall in the country. Its medium-term volume target is to sell over 1 lakh annually and also to consistently retain 5 per cent market share.”While we have been hitting 5 per cent market share often, we havent yet closed a full year with that pie. So meeting that is the immediate priority.”Over the next five years, we have set a target of doubling our volumes, from a little over 1 lakh now, as well as market share to 10 per cent,” Sumit Sawhney, managing director and chief executive at Renault India, told PTI.He said that will continue with its strategy of building on brand by brand and will add one new model to its portfolio annually, thus explaining the lack of a new launch at the Expo as its 2018 model is already on the road in the Captur, which is a premium SUV.At the ongoing Delhi Auto Expo, the company today unveiled the Trezor, which is an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car; the Zoe e-Sport concept that defined by its expressive design, with sportiness taken to the extreme and is the best-bestselling EV in Europe.advertisementIt also unveiled a racing car with a Formula 1 RS 17, which is the first car put together from scratch by the Renault Sport Formula One Team.The two-seater electric coupe Trezor has been awarded the most beautiful concept car at several global platforms, said Fabrice Cambolive, senior vice-president and chairman for India and Africa, Middle East.On the countrys EV push, Sawhney said, Renault is a leader in EVs in Europe and as and when the market is ready they will have enough models to serve them.”But infrastructure is the key concern. While the industry is looking at the government for support and policy clarity, they are looking at us for infrastructure, which is not feasible for us. We also need clarity on incentives for going into EVs in terms of R&D sops, etc,” he said.On the market response to the Captur, he said the vehicle is not yet nationally available and that its petrol version is yet to reach the dealers.Sawhney downplayed the dip in its volume, saying he will still maintain the overall target of 1 lakh units and that the reason for the dip in volume is primarily because the Kwid segment is degrowing.”The Kwid segment, which is our volume topper, had degrown 2 per cent last year and is slipping this year as well. Yet we are selling around 8,000 units a month. So I will be able to meet my target of 1 lakh units a year.”On the MPV model Lodgy, he said, the company is nowhere near its target of 1,000 units a month, and is trending at under 500 now. PTI BEN MKJ
As the border with Pakistan continue to remain volatile with repeated ceasefire violations, the Indian Army will now be buying 41,000 Light-Machine Guns (LMG) and 3.5 lakh carbines for close quarter battle at an estimated cost of over Rs 7600 crore.These weapons are an essential to a soldiers fighting equipment and it will provide a major fillip to the fighting capability of the troops, the MoD said in a statement.Earlier today, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) the highest body in the defence ministry that decides on acquisitions headed by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave the go ahead for the purchases.Over 850 incidents of cross-border firing was reported last year – an all time high in many years. More than 300 incidents of ceasefire violations have already been reported in the first two months of 2018.The purchase will be made under the Make in India scheme and will leverage both the private sector and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Defence Public Sector undertakings.The private sector will be providing at least three-fourths of weapons while the rest will be manufactured by the OFB. The idea to split-up the supplies between the private and PSU sector is geared to acquire critical technologies to build indigenous capability in small arms manufacturing.The carbines will replace the existing personal weapons the Russian made AK-47s and the Indian made INSAS rifles.Earlier, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said instead of equipping every infantry solider, the Army was open to equipping only a certain component the key war fighting component of every battalion – with new rifles.advertisementThe new carbines acquired by the military will weigh less than 3 kilograms and will be effective up to at least 200 meters.Todays green signal for the military to acquire next generation carbines and LMGs is in addition to emergency purchases of at least 93,000 carbines that was cleared earlier this year. These were for fast track purchase, while today’s proposal is for Make in India.Is it time for India to cut off all sports, cultural connections with Pakistan?
Vivo is launching the V9 in India on March 27, sources have confirmed to India Today Tech. Although tech specs of the Vivo V9 are all but scarce as of the moment, the phone in question will come with an iPhone X-like notch on the front, and dual rear cameras on the back. The V9 is notably successor to the V7 that brought a bezel-less screen and a whopping 24-megapixel front cameras to the masses.The V9 will be a mid-ranger, much like the V7, which means ideally it should cost under Rs 25,000. It’s likely to sport a plastic body, but, the highlight — just like the V7 — will be a Full View display. Only this time, it will be even more bezel-less thanks to a notch up-top although there’s likely going to be a small chin at the bottom. The V9 will also likely retain the 24-megapixel front camera of the V7 although it will come with dual rear camera as opposed to the V7 that came with a single camera on the rear. Rumour has it that the V9 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.The Vivo V7 comes with a 5.7-inch 720p Full View display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage which is expandable via a dedicated micro-SD card slot, Android Nougat-based Fun Touch OS and a 3,000mAh battery powering the whole thing.ALSO READ: Vivo V7+ with 6-inch Full View display, 24MP selfie camera launched in India at Rs 21,990The V7 comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash. The rear camera can record 1080p videos.advertisementThe Vivo V7 uses its selfie camera to serve a face unlocking mechanism which means much like the OnePlus 5T, Vivo’s phone can also be unlocked via a user’s face.The most striking aspect of the Vivo V7 is however its design. The V7 is an edge-to-edge or bezel-less phone, which means much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Apple iPhone X, Vivo’s new phone has an unusually tall screen and an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9. Vivo calls it Full View: a concept that gives Vivo’s phone a screen-to-body ratio of almost 84 per cent.The V7 is a 5.7-inch phone, but because Vivo has shaved off much of the top and bottom bezels as well as the bezels on the sides, the phone occupies a smaller footprint. It feels smaller in the hands.
By C Shyam Sundar Chennai, Mar 20 (PTI) Dinesh Karthik has become the toast of the nation with his 8-ball-29 against Bangladesh in the tri-series final but he still feels like a “student in an University where Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a topper”, when comes to the tag of a best finisher.”When it comes to Dhoni — I am studying in an university where he is the topper. He is one of the guys I have always looked up to. It is unfair to compare me with him,” Karthik told mediapersons during an interaction, here today. Interestingly, Karthik made his international debut in September 2004 during Champions Trophy in England, three months before Dhonis debut against Bangladesh in a bilateral series in December. In the next 14 years, Dhoni became Indias most successful captain and one of its greatest limited overs exponent while Karthik struggled in the fringes, waiting for his chances. “His (Dhoni) journey has been totally different and my journey is a different one. He is a terrific guy. He is somebody who used to be reserved, shy. Today, he is a person, who is really vocal in helping the youngsters. I feel these comparisons are very unfair. As I said, he is probably a topper in an university, where I am studying. I am just happy in the space I am in,” Karthik said. Having been around for a decade and a half, Karthik is finally enjoying his time under spotlight, something he has so richly deserved. He attributes it to his good karma and divine intervention.advertisement “It feels good that all the attention is on me. All the good karma and good things I have done over the years helped me hit that six. It is just that the shot went for a six… probably the two mm extra that it went for it became a six.” The feeling is yet to sink in and Karthik admitted it. “It is hard for me to put in words. I am just happy to play this sport. When you play domestic cricket, it is a hard grind, To suddenly get so much attention feels so good but you also know that you want this to be a start of something special,” he added. Karthik also said the time spent with Mumbai cricketer Abhishek Nayar over the years had helped him strengthen the mental aspect of his game. “He (Abhishek Nayar) has been the most important factor in the last two and half years in my career. He has helped me prepare for games. He has made me think in terms of strategy. He also knows what is the right way to work hard. He has been the river and I have been the boat,” he added. Karthik also defended rookie Vijay Shankar who didnt have the experience of tackling Mustafizur Rahamans slower deliveries. “Vijay Shankar has the skill. He has done really well as a bowler. For someone, who is a batting all-rounder, he did well under pressure. I see a really good future for him. He has got a good attitude. He is a special talent and he has it in him to play for a long, long time,” the 32-year-old stumper said. He may have been a bit upset with Rohit Sharmas decision to promote Shankar ahead of him but lavished praise on Mumbaikars style of captaincy. “His (Rohit Sharmas) biggest strength is that he has won three IPLs as skipper and has immense belief in his ability to lead a team. He does a lot of homework. He is strategically very strong. He is a very thorough captain and is someone who is highly-skilled,” Karthik said. He has been named captain of Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming IPL and he would like to grow in stature after the platform that Nidahas Trophy has provided him. “(The forthcoming) IPL is extemely imporant. It is a fabulous tournament. Indian cricket is where it is because of the IPL. We get to rub shoulders with the best. On a personal note, it is very important tournament for me,” Karthik said. The feisty Karthik is excited about his new role and wants to live up to the legacy left behind by Gautam Gambhir. “I am very excited about the captaincy role. May be, it is time for me to embrace captaincy. The team has a very good bowling attack. I have to sit down with the coaches and see where I need to bat,” he added. About the return of CSK and Rajasthan Royals, he said it will be a totally different dynamics to the touramment.advertisement “CSK and Rajasthan Royals bring a totally different dynamics to the game. I am sure it is going to be a fabulous tournament,” Karthik said. PTI SS KHS KHS
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