India vs Australia: All eyes on Rishabh Pant’s 2019 ICC World Cup audition

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 16:20 IST Rishabh Pant will get a chance to book his spot in India’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant is one of the front runners to get a chance in last two ODi vs AustraliaSanjay Bangar revealed that MS dhoni would be rested for the rest of the ODI seriesBhuvneshwar Kumar is also expected to replace Mohammed Sham for the fourth ODIYoung Rishabh Pant will strive to seal a slot in the World Cup squad even as India fret about their top-order woes ahead of the fourth ODI against Australia, here Sunday.Providing opportunities to all Cup hopefuls would be on Virat Kohli’s mind and the team management is expected to ring in a few changes in the playing XI in the remaining two matches of the series.Mahendra Singh Dhoni seem to have played his last international game in Ranchi and now Pant gets a chance to book his boarding pass for the London-bound flight.In earlier ODIs, Pant had played purely as batsman but with Dhoni being rested, Pant will get a chance to don the big gloves.The Indian playing XI will also have Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday as he replaces Mohammed Shami, who was hit on the leg in his follow through during the third match.Shami completed his spell but since he will be sharing the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah in England, it is natural to give him precautionary rest.”We will have a few changes in the next couple of games but the idea is to tell the boys to put in match-winning performances and the boys will be looking to be in top form before the flight to England,” Kohli said after the third ODI.However, what will keep the Indian team worried is the batting form of the top-order, save skipper Kohli, who has been lock, stock and barrel above everyone in his team.advertisementKohli has 283 runs in three games with two hundreds and the next best in the Indian team is Kedar Jadhav with 118 runs.Rohit Sharma is undergoing a rare slump in ODIs, having scored only 51 runs in three innings. Even worse is Ambati Rayudu’s performance at No 4 with aggregate of 33 runs in three games.Shikhar Dhawan’s struggles are well-documented and he has scored only 22 runs in three games.Dhawan and Rayudu’s form should be a cause of concern even though both are certainties as far as place in the World Cup squad is concerned.There are certain problems in both Dhawan and Rayudu’s games but they won’t get adequate time to correct those follies with just two games to be played in five days and the cash-rich IPL to follow soon.Bangar however considers that the shortest of gaps between two games Friday and Sunday to be a blessing in disguise.”At times, actually it’s good that there is a very small turnaround between matches because if there are too many gaps, then players have that much more time to think. The best for any player is to get back into action and give it another shot. In fact I’m very pleased that the next game is starting Sunday,” Bangar said.While Kohli is not a great advocate of wholesale changes, KL Rahul is also expected to get a look-in but it is not clear who would he replace — Dhawan or Rayudu.India will be worried about Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who despite conceding lot of runs, has managed to get Kohli and Dhoni on multiple occasions.”That’s the sign of a good player. You’re not at your best, not having your best day and still taking those important wickets. Batsmen pride themselves on the same thing – when you don’t feel like you are hitting the ball well, you try to get runs on those days,” Usman Khawaja said.Teams (from): India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk).Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.Match Starts: 1:30 pm.Also Read | Bhabhiji ruining our fitness levels: Rishabh Pant after dinner at MS Dhoni’s houseAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Risabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 2019 ICC World Cup India vs Australia: All eyes on Rishabh Pant’s 2019 ICC World Cup auditionRishabh Pant is slated to get a chance in the Indian cricket team for the last two one-day international after Sanjat Bangar revealed that MS dhoni would be rested.advertisementlast_img read more

6 Best Beaches for Riding World-Class Breaks

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Regardless of whether you surf, most of us have been consciously (or subconsciously) shaped by the sport. Some of us grew up listening to The Beach Boys (“Surfin’ U.S.A.”) or Jan and Dean (“Surf City”), and can recite most of the lyrics by heart.Or we watched FBI agent Johnny Utah (aka Keanu Reeves) pursuing Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) in Point Break (of course we’re talking about the 1991 version, not the remake). What about the feeling of inspiration when you saw the Bethany Hamilton story in Soul Surfer? And don’t forget the best surfing movie ever made: Bruce Brown’s 1969 classic, The Endless Summer.In the spirit of the swell, we reached out to a few surfer friends and asked them to pinpoint the best places to surf in the world.Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, HawaiiMandolin Davis/FlickrLocated on the North Shore of Oahu, the Banzai Pipeline, or simply Pipeline, is undoubtedly the birthplace of modern surfing and home to one of the most iconic breaks in the world. Huge waves crash once they reach the shallow waters above the flat, tabletop reef. This, combined with several large caverns that produce giant air pockets, create the hollow tube that has made the ride so sought-after by big-wave surfers. be careful, though: The heavy waves and the jagged reef make Pipeline notorious for injuries and broken surfboards.Travel OptionsJeffreys Bay, South AfricaNJR ZA/Commons/WikimediaAlso known as J-Bay, the remote Jeffreys Bay area is is located on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The shallow bay, which sits atop ancient lava flows, makes for the longest — and best — right point break in the world. You’ll find at least 10 sections with names like The Point, Magnatubes, Impossibles, Boneyards, and Supertubes, where most of the pro competitions are held. The uniformly shallow seafloor provides the ideal conditions for pumping out perfect waves one right after the other.Travel OptionsGold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaNZ CR Freak/FlickrUnlike J-Bay and Pipeline, which are best suited for experts, the Gold Coast has something for every skill level. Located primarily in Queensland but crossing over into New South Wales, the region produces some of best waves in all of Australia, and surfers flock from all over the world to hit any of the four epic point breaks. The Gold Coast has over 40 miles of beaches and is patrolled year-round by lifeguards, making it ideal for buffs and beach-goers alike. Rainbow Bay, is great for beginners and intermediates, while Duranbah Beach, nicknamed D-bah, regularly hosts international surfing competitions.Travel OptionsUluwatu, Bali, IndonesiaHardisman/Commons/WikimediaIndonesia is brimming with reef breaks with names like Temples, Bombie, Outside Corner, and Racetrack. Nestled on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu became a surfing destination after the 1971 release of classic surf film Morning of the Earth. On big swell days, waves can reach 15-20 feet high.Travel OptionsMavericks, CaliforniaShalom Jacobovitz/Commons/WikimediaLocated off the coast of Northern California’s Half Moon Bay, Mavericks is considered to be one of the most dangerous breaks in the world. Waves routinely top 25 feet and can exceed 60 feet. The rocky, ramp-shaped sea floor spawns large tubes that require a steep drop and perfect timing. Each year, an invitation is sent to about two dozen big-wave surfers to compete in a competition. While typically ridden to the right, Mavericks is unpredictable and unforgiving. Mavericks has claimed the lives of notable big-wave surfers Mark Foo and Sion Milosky.Travel OptionsCloudbreak, Tavarua Island, FijiTavyland/Commons/WikimediaCloudbreak is one of just two left-pass breaks on this list. The barreling wave is consistently ranked in the top 10 most challenging rides in the world. Located a mile offshore from Tavarua Island, Cloudbreak can be found on a sheltered coral reef. The waves are consistent and can range from a few feet to well over 20 feet. The Southern Hemisphere winter is the best time to check out this spot.Travel Options The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowlast_img read more

TESO calls for Indian resolution on Lanka

Asked whether TESO was still in favour of creation of Tamil Eelam, Mr Karunanidhi said, “Yes, yes, yes.”Asked why the TESO was not able to retain the vigour of the 1980s when it was able to force the Centre to cancel the extradition of Sri Lankan militants, Karunanidhi said there would be a series of agitations if its demands were not taken seriously by the Centre, The Hindu newspaper reported. He also said TESO would hold a seminar in Delhi to bring to the notice of all political parties the sufferings of Tamils.“Vajpayee attended the TESO meeting in 1986 in Madurai,” he said while answering to a question whether the BJP would be invited for the seminar.Recalling the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore’s assertion that a new resolution would be moved in the UN against Sri Lanka, he said India should strongly support the resolution. Another resolution adopted in the TESO meeting urged the Sri Lankan government to disclose information about LTTE leaders, including Baby Subramanian, Balakumar, Yogi, Puduvai Rathinadurai, Ilamparithi, who were arrested after the war. Explaining a resolution adopted in TESO meeting, Karunanidhi alleged that Rajapaksa had led the massacre of Tamils and was seen as an enemy of humanity after being accused of war crimes and violation of human rights. The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) in Tamil Nadu has passed a resolution calling on the Indian government to facilitate a resolution calling for a referendum during the general council meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.India’s The Hindu newspaper reported today that DMK president M. Karunanidhi had urged the Union government not to encourage Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the country and announced a black-shirt demonstration in Chennai during his visit on February 8. “India also should put pressure on Sri Lanka in connection with the issue,” the resolution said. “He takes advantage of our friendly attitude and traditional hospitality. But he is a symbol of Sinhalese majoritarianism. India should not encourage his visit, as Tamils will not tolerate it,” the resolution said. The TESO meeting also decided to hold a demonstration in Rameswaram and Nagapattinam on February 18 and 19 respectively to urge the Centre to set up a Naval base near Manadapam to prevent the killing of Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.TESO also has constituted seven teams comprising DMK MPs and Thol Thirumavalavan to hold talks with Ambassadors of various countries to muster support for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause, The Hindu newspaper added. read more