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‘I enjoy Virat Kohli’s aggression; we need a captain like him’ – Madan Lal

first_imgVIRAT Kohli’s demeanour on the field has pleased and upset people equally, with some welcoming his in-your-face pumped-up aggression, and others calling for a more restrained approach. As far as Madan Lal, the new head of the BCCI’s cricket advisory committee, is concerned, asking Kohli to “mellow down” makes no sense, and India “need a captain like him”.During India’s tour of New Zealand, Kohli gave his opposite number Kane Williamson a fiery send-off during the second and final Test. The act came as a surprise because Kohli and Williamson have spoken about sharing a close equation.“I don’t understand why people in India are asking him to mellow down,” Lal, the former India all-rounder, was quoted by the Times of India. “First everyone wanted a very aggressive captain and now you want Kohli to stop his aggressive streak.“I love the way he is on the field. Earlier, people used to say that Indians are not aggressive; now that we’ve become aggressive people question that and ask why we are so aggressive. I enjoy Kohli’s aggression; we need a captain like him.”India eventually lost the second Test to be swept 2-0 in the series. After the match, Kohli bristled at the press conference over a question about his send-off and asked reporters to not create controversies.Kohli’s send-off to Williamson also came at the end of a tour that had not been rewarding personally for Kohli, with just 38 runs in four innings in the two Tests, and a solitary half-century in the whole tour across the T20Is, ODIs and Tests.“He was out of form,” Lal said. “You can say it was a loss of confidence; that (the New Zealand tour) doesn’t take anything away from him. He is still the world’s best player. At times, technical flaws come in and you then try harder and harder but still you don’t come out of it. It happens to the best of players.”Lal, along with RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik, form the new CAC, and the three recently finalised two new members of the senior men’s selection committee, appointing Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh to take the spots vacated by MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda. Joshi is also the new chairman of selectors.Lal said the decision to pick two candidates out of the 40 who had applied was difficult, but unanimous. “It was a difficult decision.There were 40 candidates and we had to pick only two. Since MSK Prasad, the outgoing selector, was from the south region, we picked Sunil Joshi, and Harvinder Singh from the central region. It was a unanimous decision by the committee. Out of all the candidates, he (Joshi) was best for the chief selector’s role.” (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Ryan Guthrie moves up in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on November 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 19 Syracuse racked up 264 yards on the ground Saturday, running in five touchdowns and picking up a 41-24 win against Wake Forest at BB&T Field.Behind 119 rushing yards from Eric Dungey and a dominant day from the front seven — including a strong individual performance from middle linebacker Ryan Guthrie — SU won its first ACC game in November during the Dino Babers era.Here’s whose stock rose and fell from the weekend.STOCK UP Chris FredrickAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite nursing a sprained ankle, Fredrick made seven tackles and snagged an interception in the fourth quarter.Lined up wide against Scotty Washington on the left side, Fredrick played inside the receiver as the pair ran into the end zone. Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman’s throw came to the inside of Washington, right into Fredrick’s hands.Without Ifeatu Melifonwu, who didn’t travel due to a hamstring injury, and Scoop Bradshaw struggling on the other side of the formation, Fredrick was a steady presence in the secondary. Eric DungeyDungey didn’t throw a touchdown pass on Saturday, but it didn’t matter — SU opted to attack Wake Forest on the ground.With the Demon Deacons honed in on passes, Babers made the adjustment to run the ball. His workhorse of choice: Dungey. The senior quarterback took 24 rushes for 119 yards and a touchdown.Facing a weak pass rush, Dungey felt little duress, but with no options downfield, he often opted to dash from the pocket. He took a 26-yard scramble for a dagger touchdown in the third quarter that put Syracuse ahead 35-17, at the time.A week after turning in one of his best passing performances, Dungey shouldered the load and went to work against Wake Forest.Ryan GuthrieGuthrie is in the midst of a three-game tear, most recently turning in an 11-tackle (five solo) performance that featured two sacks.Against the pass and the run, Guthrie found the football and made several tackles in space. He chased down a Wake Forest receiver inside the 10-yard line as the pair ran parallel to the goal line.Twice, Guthrie got to Hartman. On his second sack, Guthrie came downhill at Hartman as he rolled left out of the pocket. With no blockers, Guthrie pounced on the quarterback and swung him down for a seven-yard loss.In his last three games, Guthrie has had 31 tackles, including two sacks and three more tackles for loss.STOCK DOWNHealthWith linebacker Lakiem Williams and Melifonwu missing the trip with injuries, Syracuse got further banged up Saturday, as defensive back Tyrone Perkins, defensive end Alton Robinson and running back Moe Neal all went down with injuries.Neal and Robinson both walked off the field and appeared to be OK after the game. Babers didn’t offer much detail on the nature of their injuries but generally indicated they’re fine.Perkins spent Saturday night in a local hospital after injuring his left leg on a kickoff in the first quarter. Perkins will miss the rest of the 2018 season, and because he’s played in more than four games, he is not eligible for a conventional redshirt. Scoop Bradshaw Bradshaw got beat twice on double moves by Scotty Washington.The first time, fortunately for Bradshaw, Hartman overthrew Washington. He didn’t miss the second chance, though, as Washington easily strode into the end zone.Late in the game, while the game was in hand for SU, Bradshaw got called for a facemask in a scrum of tacklers.A week after being torched by Kelvin Harmon, Bradshaw followed up with another bad performance. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rwanda targets Indian tourists and investors

first_imgThe High Commission of Rwanda in India in cooperation with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) turned their vision towards the Indian travel trade to promote Rwanda as a new destination for tourism and investment opportunities by organising a two-city road show. This followed close on the heels of a very successful participation at the OTM Mumbai held at the Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre from February 18-20. This is the first major initiative undertaken by an African country following the successful India – Africa summit hosted by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in October 2015. The road shows were held in Mumbai (The Westin, February 19, 2016) and Bangalore (The Chancery Pavilion, February 20, 2016).The High Commissioner of Rwanda His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo highlighted in his speech that, “We are happy to be here in Mumbai and showcase Remarkable Rwanda to the second outbound travel market in the world. In 2014-15, Indians were the 2nd largest visitors to Rwanda after Americans.”Anny Batamuriza, Vice Chairperson of Tourism Chamber Rwanda Private Sector Federation said, “We look to the India as the future for various tourism opportunities in Rwanda.” She highlighted various initiatives being taken by the Rwanda Tourism Board to tap into the Indian tourism market.Linda Mutesi, Division Manager, Tourism Marketing, Rwanda Development Board gave a detailed presentation on ‘Destination Rwanda’ highlighting the investment opportunities available in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality sector’ and assured maximum support from the Rwandan authorities.A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Batamuriza in the presence of the High Commissioner with the President of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Zakkir Ahmed in Mumbai.During their visit to Bangalore, the Rwandan delegation had the opportunity to interact with members of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Karnataka.In Bangalore, Arvind Jadav, Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka addressed the gathering and extended the support of the Government of Karnataka to Rwanda in its endeavours.A large section of the business investors from Karnataka expressed their interest in the various investment opportunities in Rwanda at the Bangalore road show.The seminars held in Mumbai and Bangalore were a huge success with an attendance of over 200 participants at each city, including eminent leaders from the travel trade and the corporate world.The Q & A received enthusiastic participation from the audience seeking the support of the diplomatic authorities of Rwanda to collaborate to promote Rwanda as a major destination in the Indian market.The event concluded with a colourful cultural performance by the Rwandan students in India who showcased the traditional Rwandan dance with active participation from the audience.last_img read more