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India and other team’s chances at the World Cup



Virat Kohli

The two most difficult jobs in India are that of the Prime Minister and the Indian cricket team captain.

The saffron colours of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of the dynamic Narendra Modi, has won handsomely in the elections.

Amid the celebrations of BJP’s emphatic triumph, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, along with his entourage headed to the UK to take part in the World Cup.

India, who are presently ranked the number two side in One Day Cricket, are one of the strong favourites to lift the Cup.

The millions of young Indian cricket supporters have been brought-up on the image of the smiling Kapil Dev lifting the trophy at the Lords balcony in 1983 and are now 36 years later, dreaming of seeing the suave Kohli do the same.

The excitement that has been generated not only among the well-wishers of the Indian team, but also, among the players is incredibly high.

The thought of competing with the best and coming out winning is a dream every sportsman yearns for.

In cricket, victory in the World Cup has become the ultimate prize. A gruelling six weeks of intense cricket with the first milestone of qualifying in the last four is the aim of all the 10 sides participating. This will be foremost in their mind. The new format of playing each other once is such that none of the teams can lower their guard in even one of the matches.

India, in all probability should win the minimum five matches that would then take them into a semi-final spot.

The consistency that the Indian side has shown over the past two years and the superiority against the likes of of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies and New Zealand should give them the confidence to beat these teams once again.

Cricket has its uncertainties, but a side that has the mental advantage is always one that wins in a crucial encounter.

The good and the bad of the Indian World Cup team has been analysed and scrutinised by one and all.

India has a very strong top order batters and with Virat Kohli heading the list as the leading batsman in world cricket, it will take some very good bowling for most teams to keep the trio from notching-up a good start.

This will help to build a foundation which then would be an ideal platform for the hard-hitting batsmen to follow.

India’s strength is their variety in their bowling, but it will be their fielding that will decide their fate.

England, look like the firm favourites, especially as the last two World Cups have been won by the host team.

The English team, is rated as the best in world cricket at present and the form especially of their batters, do make them into a side that can chase a total.

Australia, with the return of two of their best batsmen in Steven Smith and David Warner and with two series win against India and Pakistan recently should make them into a formidable side.

They are the present title holders and look like a threat to make the final play-offs.

Pakistan, the winners of the Champions Trophy in England in 2017 do not look well established as a team at present.

Their intention was to play a young unknown side but that did not produce the intended results in the matches in England recently ahead of the final selection of the team.

A 4-0 drubbing by England, forced the selectors to go back to their stalwarts and therefore, they look like a side that may still need to get their combination right.

South Africa and New Zealand are two sides who in the past had all the fire-power to win the Cup but somehow failed every time on the given day.

Both of them possess some outstanding cricketers, but with their inconsistent performances during the year, one does not see either of them as possible World Champions.

The limited overs game can always prove one wrong but going by their recent records, they both are capable of a few surprises for some of the favourite sides.

The West Indian side has some powerful hitters, but watching them recently play a tri-series with Bangladesh and Ireland, their bowlers seem to lack consistency in length and their fielding needs a lot of improvement.

Sri Lanka is a side that has several internal issues and if they do not do well in the first few matches of the tournament they could very easily be in the also-ran category.

Bangladesh has the enthusiasm of a young side on the rise, but for them and for Afghanistan to beat most of the sides rated well above them will be a difficult feat to accomplish.

This World Cup will need all sides to show far more consistency and intensity than ever before.

There will be a few hiccups for all the teams as each one can pull out a rabbit on a given day.

The team that recovers quickly from it will be at an advantage. The wickets in England from the matches that have taken place recently appear superb for batting.

Fielding will play a very important part and the one that takes the best catches will win the matches.

Virat Kohli rightly conveyed in the press meet before the team’s departure that he has told his team to enjoy every moment during their trip, especially when out in the middle.

We, as spectators, wish the Indian team a ” Bon Voyage” and look forward to enjoying every moment as well.

Best of luck “Team India”.

(Yajurvindra Singh is a former Test cricketer)


BJP denies tickets to 3-time MLA Kulwant Rana, 25 others

Rana became the youngest candidate to win the elections in 2003, while he retained his seat from Rithala constituency in 2008 and 2013 too.





New Delhi, Jan 17 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced the first list of candidates for the Delhi Assembly elections to be held on February 8.

In its first list, the party announced 57 candidates while it denied tickets to 26 leaders, including former state vice president and three time MLA Kulwant Rana.

Rana became the youngest candidate to win the elections in 2003, while he retained his seat from Rithala constituency in 2008 and 2013 too.

The BJP has still not announced its candidates for 13 seats, including New Delhi, Mehrauli and Sangam Vihar.

The party has fielded Manish Chaudhary in place of Rana from Rithala. Sources said the party denied a ticket to Rana as he was involved in some controversies.

Similarly, Rajni Abbi has been replaced by Surendra Singh Bittu in Timarpur, while Rajesh Yadav from Badli, Gugan Singh Ranga from Bawana, Prabhu Dayal from Sultanpur Majra, Surjeet from Mangolpuri and Nandkishor from Trinagar have not been given tickets for the upcoming Assembly polls.

The party has also denied the ticket to Vivek Garg, who lost the elections in 2015 from the Model Town seat, and fielded former AAP Minister Kapil Mishra, who joined the BJP after quitting AAP.

The party has also denied tickets to Praveen Jain from Sadar Bazar, Shyam Lal from Ballimaran, B.B. Tyagi from Laxmi Nagar, Jitendra Chaudhary from Gandhi Nagar, Sanjay Jain from Seelampur, Ajay Mahawat from Ghonda and Krishna Teerath from Patel Nagar.

The party has also changed the candidates in Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Palam, Jangpura, Malviya Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Greater Kailash, Kondli and Patparganj.

(Navneet Mishra can be reached at [email protected])

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No need to reconfigure Asia-Pacific as Indo Pacific, halt strategies to contain China, says Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov



Sergei Lavrov

Speaking during the fifth edition of the Raisina Dialogue 2020 in the Indian capital, Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday slammed both United States and India for making an attempt to establish a concept of Indo-Pacific to contain China.

At a global conference to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community, Lavrov furiously questioned the rules- based word order by the US while simultaneously violating international law, “Why do you need to call Asia-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive. Neither SCO nor BRICS is exclusionary.”

Stating that US deliberately reconfigured the region just to isolate China and apparently pointed to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) strategic dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India , the diplomatic and military arrangement as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power and influence in South China Sea.

Accusing Western countries of not adhering to the United Nations charter for discussions based on sovereign equality of states, noninterference in internal matters, territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes, he asked, “Why do our Western friends insist on a rules-based order and not international law.Western friends are using international law less. Instead, they have coined a new concept which they call as a rules-based world order.”

He emphasized that China’s influence in the region is enormous and said that any strategy should not exclude anyone rather cooperation should be extended to all.

Russia has been urging New Delhi and Beijing to continue coordinating their efforts to ensure global and regional security, including in the Asia-Pacific region.

China’s assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea has infuriated many as Southeast Asian nations Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all have rival claims.
He further added that Russia is also committed to the values of equal and indivisible security.

“The ongoing process of creating a more fair and democratic polycentric world order requires us to closely coordinate our efforts and to forge consolidated stances,” the Russian foreign minister had said. “It is important to keep promoting positive and unifying international agenda, directed at ensuring global and regional stability and security, at achieving goals of sustainable development, at improving the framework of inter-state relations, including in the Asia-Pacific region.”.

He said that Russia was very much concerned with the situation in the Persian Gulf region and suggested that Gulf countries start thinking about a collective security mechanism as a confidence-building measure.

Lavrov backed India for the permanent seat in the United Nation security council

“G7 can’t decide any issue of significance for decisions on BRICS it should be G20. India & Brazil should absolutely be at the UNSC. Developing countries should be given adequate representation there,” Lavrov said at the event while advocating representation of developing countries in the UNSC.

While concluding his speech, he talked about Indo-Russia ties, and said, “We want to develop such relations with all countries of the region and I hope that our Indian friends will be promoting the same ideology.”

Blog : By Arti Bali,


(Senior Journalist)

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Gehlot asked to pilot anti-CAA activities




Gehlot, Pilot

In a major development, which indicates growing clout of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the party, he has been assigned to coordinate with the Congress and alliance Chief Ministers to block the new citizensip law (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR).

Gehlot will also play a key role and steer the anti-CAA resolutions by Assemblies. The Congress has communicated to its Chief Ministers and alliance partners to adopt a resolution against the CAA.

Punjab could become the first Congress-ruled state to pass an anti-CAA resolution in the Assembly.

Gehlot has been asked to meet all the Chief Ministers for this as well as to oppose the NPR.

According to sources, the resolutions will be moved as a private member bills as the government can’t move such a resolution.

Till now, only Kerala has passed such a resolution. West Bengal has said it was against the CAA.

The opposition meet, convened by the Congress here on Monday, urged all the Chief Ministers to stop the NPR process.

“The CAA, the NPR and the NRC are part of a package and unconstitutional. They target the poor, downtrodden, SCs/STs and linguistic & religious minorities. The NPR will form the NRC’s basis. We demand withdrawal of the CAA and immediate stoppage of the nationwide NRC/NPR. The Chief Ministers who have announced that they will not implement the NRC in their states, must consider suspension of the NPR enumeration as it’s the prelude to the NRC,” it said in a resolution.

Earlier the Congress Working Committee, said the Narandra Modi government had unleashed the brute state power to suppress, subjugate and stifle the voice of youth and students across the country.

“A concerted attack on the Constitution, rampant unemployment, commercialisation of education, unprecedented fee hikes and autocratic refusal to listen to the voice and concerns of youth/students have led to spontaneous protests across campuses,” it said.


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