Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threat

first_imgVirat Kohli may have been Australian cricket’s public enemy No.1 for a while now but experts in the country believe it is time to be nice and friendly to the India captain once the Test series gets underway from December 6.Kohli was involved in two of the most acrimonious Test series between India and Australia. In 2014-15, Kohli and Mitchell Johnson were involved in heated verbal exchanges – Kohli responded with four hundreds in four Tests. Two years later, Kohli was furious with Steve Smith’s decision to seek dressing-room help over the Decision Review System (DRS). Tensions between the two captains remained high throughout the series. By the end of the final Test in Dharamsala, Kohli declared he would no longer want to stay friends with Australian cricketers.However, the feisty India captain later clarified that his comments were reserved for only a couple of Australian players.With Smith and David Warner unavailable to take on India in the four-Test series due to the ball-tampering bans, many former cricketers believe India have the upper hand. Kohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016 and he has a great record in Australia: 992 runs including 5 hundreds in 8 Tests.This series is likely to be played in much better spirit. For starters, a review of Australia’s cricket culture has forced the players to mellow down. Coach Justin Langer wants his men to make Australians proud with their cricket and tone down the verbal assault. Many ex Australia cricketers do not seem to agree with the ‘Be nice, be good’ diktat but Dean Jones believes it would be dangerous to irk Kohli who has promised to retaliate in the event Australia decide to sledge his team.advertisement”Do not talk or provoke him. Make him your best mate,” Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald.Jones said there was no visible weakness in Kohli’s game – the India captain is the leading run scorer in Tests as well as ODIs this year with a string of hundreds in South Africa and England while his other colleagues failed.”Trying to find a weakness in Kohli’s game is like trying to find something wrong with the Mona Lisa. Teams must stop his cover drive and bowl in different areas.”At the start of Kohli’s innings, quicks need to bowl at a fourth-stump line and make him play on the back foot. Do not give him width and length outside off-stump.”Bowlers must try to set him up with short stuff first and then the odd wide ball on the drive to find the edge. Slips and gully stay on high alert.”But then there are others like Kim Hughes, who feel Australia need to get under Kohli’s skin to try and unsettle him.”You are not going to become pussycats. That’s not racially vilifying him (Kohli) at all or anything like that but just a good stare, or a couple of words, that’s part of the Australian way. Most blokes’ nicknames are usually when you have a stuff-up, not when you have a had a glorious moment,” Hughes told the Sydney Morning Herald. “If he (Kohli) is not the best player in the world, he is in the final two or three … I think he is the best player in the world. When you have 1.2 billion people in the world supporting you and expecting you to do well, there is a fair bit of pressure. He is the type of player that you would feel as an opposition that you could get under his skin.”Also Read | Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso Read | Michael Clarke wants Tim Paine’s team to ‘play tough Australian cricket’ vs IndiaAlso Read | Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s Indialast_img read more

Mamata declares rural Bengal open defecation free

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural West Bengal as open defecation free (ODF) and said that her government will now focus on solid waste management. Around 1.35 crore households in rural Bengal have been covered by the ‘Mission Nirmal Bangla’, which aimed at making all villages open defecation free (ODF) by October 2. “I’m happy to share with all of you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Government of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards cleaner and greener environment and safe living,” Banerjee tweeted on Friday night. “Our next focus will be solid waste management,” she added.last_img read more

Vancouver businessman David Sidoo pleads not guilty in US college bribery case

first_imgThe Canadian Press BOSTON — Lawyers for a prominent Vancouver businessman say their client has pleaded not guilty in court in an alleged college admissions scam in the United States.The U.S. attorney office in Massachusetts says in a tweet that David Sidoo has been released by the federal court in Boston on a secured bond of US$1.5 million and his travel restricted to Canada and the United States.Sidoo was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a prosecution by United States authorities of an alleged college admissions scam involving dozens of accused people.An indictment released Tuesday alleged Sidoo paid $200,000 in total for someone to take an entrance exam on behalf of both his sons, and that he also paid an undisclosed amount for someone to fly to Vancouver and take a high school test.St. George’s School says a review of its records from 2012 indicates no school or provincial exams were written at the school by the student in question on or around the date referenced by the indictment.Sidoo, known for his philanthropic causes in British Columbia, was CEO of Advantage Lithium and is a former Canadian Football League player for the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders.At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are among those who have been charged in an investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.No students were charged. Authorities have said that in many cases the teenagers were not aware of what was going on.Advantage Lithium said Thursday that Sidoo has taken a leave of absence from his executive role as company president and that his responsibilities as CEO have been assumed by another executive on an interim basis.The law firm representing Sidoo says he “looks forward to fully contesting the charges in a well-respected court and not in the media.”“He will be returning to his home in Canada and asks people not to rush to judgment.”The U.S. Justice Department says Sidoo, 59, was arrested in San Jose, Calif., on March 8.An indictment alleges Sidoo paid $100,000 in 2011 to have an individual secretly take the Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT, in place of his older son. It also asserts that Sidoo emailed copies of his son’s driver’s licence and student card for the purpose of creating a falsified identification card for the individual. The individual, whose name is redacted, flew from Tampa, Fla., to Vancouver to take the SAT on behalf of Sidoo’s son, the indictment alleges.The indictment says the test score was emailed to an administrator at Chapman University, a private California university, where Sidoo’s son was admitted and later enrolled.The indictment also alleges Sidoo agreed to pay another $100,000 in 2012 for someone to take the SAT in place of his younger son.It claims that in 2013 and 2014 the falsified SAT scores obtained on behalf of his younger son were sent to universities, including Yale and Georgetown, as part of his college applications. The score was also sent to the University of California-Berkeley, where the younger son was accepted and later enrolled, it says.Sidoo’s legal team has said the two sons have not been accused of any impropriety.If convicted of the charge, Sidoo must forfeit any property that is derived from proceeds traceable to the offence, the indictment says.last_img read more