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21
Dec
2019

Hazard should keep unselfish streak – Conte

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesEden Hazard’s unselfish approach is a boost not a hindrance to his chances of being seen as the best player in the world, according to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.The Belgian attacker has scored a total of 15 goals in the Premier League and FA Cup so far this season.But the 26-year-old has sometimes been criticised for lacking a ruthless streak in front of goal.Hazard himself has said he needs to score more goals, while Cesc Fabregas recently said his Chelsea team-mate would challenge Lionel Messi for the tag of the world’s best player if he played more for himself.But Conte said Messi was far from a selfish player and Hazard does not need to change his mentality.The Italian added: “The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talents into the team. If you do this the team enjoys your talent.“The best players in the world without a team? It doesn’t exist.”Conte said that the idea a great player should be selfish made him “sad”.“This is not my idea of football,” he added. “I will never understand this. Never, ever.“In my team, I don’t want selfish players. I’d prefer to lose a game than have selfish players. I don’t want this and I can’t accept this. I don’t want this for my club.“One day will I buy a selfish player? Never.”See also:Cahill in line for Chelsea return’No sign’ of new Hazard deal   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

19
Dec
2019

SA business takes off in Ghana

first_img17 August 2005According to a new study by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), South African business is taking off in Ghana – and the country is set to become a stepping-stone into the rest of the West African region.The report – “Glimpse of Hope in West Africa” – found that the relationship between South Africa and Ghana has improved greatly since the early 1990s, with both countries undergoing political liberation and economic expansion. Ghana’s first democratic elections were held in 1992, and South Africa’s in 1994.For the research, 26 South African companies operating in Ghana were interviewed. The survey covered mining, retail, insurance, transport, tourism, banking, telecommunication, construction, services, franchising, manufacturing, fishing, advertising, aviation and energy.South African investors see Ghana as a “beacon of hope” in the volatile and conflict-ridden West African region, the report says. Since 1992 Ghana has become a stable democracy striving to rebuild its shattered economy after decades of military misrule and economic mismanagement.Its economy now offers generous government incentives for foreign investors, sound macroeconomic reforms to slash inflation, debt, poverty and unemployment, and the implementation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) programmes aimed at stable growth.South African exports to Ghana increased from R21.7-billion in 1992 to R1 162-billion in 2003, while imports from the country rose from R4-billion to R52.5-billion over the same period.Alternative to EuropeSouth Africa has taken advantage of this new strength by increasing trade and investment with Ghana.Although a late entrant to the country’s market – historically dominated by Britain, France and Germany – South Africa has actively promoted its brands and products, offering an alternative for Ghanaians who, for a long time, have had to rely on European goods and investments.Ghana is now South Africa’s second-largest trading partner in West Africa, after Nigeria.South African investor confidence has been bolstered by Ghana’s educated and skilled workforce, vast mineral and agricultural resources, the official use of English and a shared colonial legacy.South Africa companies can also use their operations in Ghana as a springboard to other West African markets, as the country shares borders with a number of states that lack direct trade routes to South Africa.South African investment is in a wide range of Ghana’s economic sectors, with mining the largest and most lucrative. Other sectors with significant South African investment are multimedia communication, beverages and franchising.SA companies currently doing business in Ghana include AngloGold Ashanti, Goldfields, SABMiller, Woolworths, Engen, Hytec Engineering, Afripa Telecom, African Explosives Limited, Multichoice, Alliance Media, Steeledale, Stanbic Bank, Shoprite Checkers, Sherwood, Steers, SAA and 3M South Africa.Optimism and incentivesThe SAIIA study found that most South African firms intend to keep doing business with Ghana. They are optimistic about the country’s political and economic prospects and confident in an administration credited with many economic reforms and investment incentives.Incentives to invest in the country include low equity requirements, full ownership, low corporate taxes, tax holidays, tax rebates on establishing companies in certain regions, exemptions from customs duty on some import items, and investment guarantees that profits and dividends will be transferable out of the country.Ghana has an ample supply of skilled, educated and low-cost labour for many South African firms, the study found.South African companies have found that in-house training for managerial positions need seldom be lengthy and rigorous, because Ghanaians are already highly skilled. Moreover, English is the official language in Ghana; most of the country’s West African neighbours are French-speaking.Most importantly, the study found, Ghana’s stable political climate has attracted foreign investors averse to the risks associated with political and economic instability in the rest of the region. South African and other foreign firms see Ghana as a safe destination for investment.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

18
Dec
2019

Finding our way again: South Africa’s Aids journey

first_imgAs South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time, it’s worth reflecting on the massive strides the nation has made in combatting the pandemic in the last 16 years – and the challenges we still face, writes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, co-chair of the South African National Aids Council. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and co-chair of the South African National Aids CouncilSixteen years ago an 11-year-old South African boy, tiny for his age, stood alone on a huge stage. He had a microphone in his hand and a smile on his face. And he spoke truth to power.“I hate having Aids because I get very sick,” he said. “I get very sad when I think of all the other children and babies that are sick with Aids… Babies are dying very quickly…”The occasion was the 13th International Aids Conference, held in Durban in July 2000. The boy was Nkosi Johnson. He died just a few months later.This year, as South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time – in Durban again, from 18 to 22 July – it’s worth reflecting how different Nkosi Johnson’s story would have been today.Since then, South Africa has done much to tackle HIV, rolling out the world’s largest treatment programme to its citizens and improving primary healthcare. Sixteen years ago HIV infection was a death sentence, particularly for the poor and vulnerable – and especially children. In 2000, in South Africa, the lifetime risk of dying of Aids was as high as 50%.Today HIV is a chronic condition, controlled as many chronic conditions are – such as diabetes – with medication. Children like Nkosi Johnson, infected at birth, now live, flourish and grow into healthy adults.This progress, and the lives saved, is borne out by South Africa’s life expectancy. After years of steady improvement in the late 20th century, it suddenly dropped to a low of 51.7 years in 2005. At the same time countries such as India and Brazil continued their steady rise.Thanks to our HIV treatment programme, life expectancy has begun to rise again. Today, Statistics South Africa puts our life expectancy at 60.6 years for men and 64.3 years for women.Why the change? What happened in 2005? In 2005 South Africa embraced the problem with energy, rolling out a massive antiretroviral treatment programme through its public health system.Today our response to HIV is framed by broad global policy – including our own National Development Plan, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – to vigorously provide comprehensive treatment and care to as many as possible.We know treatment alone is not enough. Our policies and programmes also aim to change risky behaviour and find solutions to the social and economic conditions that make people vulnerable to HIV infection.In 2010, the fight against the epidemic was ramped up with the launch of the world’s biggest programme to test for infection, the HIV Counselling and Testing campaign. Within 18 months of the launch of the campaign, which is ongoing, a full 18 million South Africans, over a third of the country’s population, had tested and knew their HIV status.Today, about 10 million South Africans take the test every year. Testing is a major weapon in the fight against HIV. Simply knowing they are HIV-positive makes people far less likely to risk infecting others.The fruits of South Africa’s decade-long fight against HIV can also be found elsewhere. Aids-related deaths have declined from 345 600 in 2005 – when the disease claimed half of all deaths in the country – to 151 000 in 2014, when 29.2% of all deaths were Aids-related.Significantly, the transmission of the virus from mother to child during or after birth has dropped from 70 000 babies in 2004 to fewer than 7 000 in 2015.In 2000, when South Africa hosted the International Aids Conference for the first time, people living with HIV had no access to treatment and the country was under attack by the global community for its stance on HIV and Aids.Today, we have more than 3 million people on publicly funded antiretroviral treatment. We aim to have 4,2 million people on treatment in the next two years.But HIV is a powerful enemy. There are still problems to be unearthed and tackled. One is a worrying prevalence of new HIV infection in adolescent girls and young women. It is estimated that some 2,000 young women aged 15 to 24 are infected by HIV in South Africa every week. This is by far the highest rate of infection in any age or sex category – and one of the highest infection rates in the world.HIV thrives in conditions of ignorance and poverty, and in situations of gender inequality. This infection rate is intertwined with other critical social problems directly experienced by South Africa’s young people: high rates of teenage pregnancy, high school drop-out rates, widespread sexual violence and high youth unemployment.In an effort to tackle the problem, in late June 2016 South Africa launched the National Campaign for Girls and Young Women. This aims to fight practices that put adolescent girls and young women at risk of HIV, such as unsafe sex, destructive behaviour, and drug and alcohol abuse.Another goal is to build adolescent girls and young women’s confidence and resilience, and give them greater economic opportunities. It will also target men, encouraging them to help effect the crucial, fundamental change in South Africans’ sexual behaviour.Working with NGOs and local Aids councils, the new campaign will encourage men – both young and older – to use condoms, stick to one sexual partner and not prey on young girls and women. It will task men with joining the call for safer sexual behaviour and an end to violence and the abuse of women.The project is supported by over $140 million in funding from the US and German governments and the Global Fund. It will be rolled out over the next three years to 51 municipalities with the highest incidence of new HIV infections. At its core is the principle that our best weapon in South Africa’s new battle against HIV and Aids is knowledge and education.It is clear that having the largest treatment programme on the planet isn’t enough. As we welcome the world to the 21st annual International Aids Conference on 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – we must remember that it is only through education that we will find our path towards an Aids-free generation.last_img read more

18
Dec
2019

Ohio’s crop dusters aim for perfection during S.A.F.E. event

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s aerial applicators — more often known as crop dusters — recently gathered at the Morrow County Airport, base of operations for Fisher Ag Service, to take part in Operation SAFE. The event offers networking opportunities, but more importantly helps to ensure the use of application technology is as efficient and accurate as possible. SAFE in this case stands for Self-regulating Application and Flight Efficiency and is put on by the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA).Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood takes a look at the crop dusting industry in Ohio.last_img read more

18
Dec
2019

The challenges of managing nitrogen

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the 2016 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Conference, University of Kentucky’s Josh McGrath talked with attendees about the complexities of the competing performance objectives with nitrogen managment.Josh McGrath University Of Kentucky On N Managementlast_img

12
Dec
2019

Saddle Up With This Royalty-Free Playlist for Westerns

first_imgMake the dusty, sun-bleached west your own with this curated playlist of royalty-free western tracks for your next indie project.Westerns (and the people who watch them) demand authenticity — and authenticity can get expensive. You’re going to need some hats, bandanas, holsters, boots, and six-shooters. You’ll need to figure out where to get a horse or two. And if you’re going to skimp on your wealthy land baron’s costume, you might as well just rewrite the villain.Fortunately, the music in western films is a trope unto itself, and some of the most famous western scores are even more iconic than the films in which they feature. If you’re looking for authenticity, using a few solid royalty-free western songs (like those featured in the playlist at the bottom of this post) is a much more affordable approach than staging a cattle drive in the parking lot behind the mall. Let’s take a look at — and a listen to — three eras of western film.The Great Silent WesternsThe western genre goes back more than 100 years, to a time before talkies existed. Pop culture has trained us to associate silent films with jaunty piano melodies and dramatic organ arrangements played live by a mustachioed man wearing a bowler hat.1903’s The Great Train Robbery, directed by Edwin S. Porter and widely accepted as the first western narrative presented on film, was silent, and most versions of the film online do indeed feature the kind of soundtrack mentioned above. See for yourself.Funny thing, though. That approach to movie sound was still over a decade away from mainstream adoption when The Great Train Robbery was released. So what did the film’s audiences experience? In a fascinating in-depth discussion with Post Magazine‘s Christine Bunish, University of Iowa cinema professor Rick Altman said, “sound came out of the stage practice of providing sound effects and music for every visible sound source.”Bunish goes on to explain, “No directive was issued by Porter to theater owners to assure consistency of sound. Interpretation varied from place to place although certain sounds and sound effects were obvious: the train chugging down the tracks, the train whistle and bell, simulated gun shots. Music seen on screen, as in the dance hall sequence, was duplicated by the Vaudeville pianist or orchestra.”The Magnificent Classic WesternsFilm legends John Ford (The Searchers), Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch), Howard Hawks (Rio Bravo), and their many contemporaries told uniquely American stories that captured the nation’s imagination in the mid-twentieth century.Throughout the 1940 and into the ’60s, people looked to white cowboy hats the way modern filmgoers look to superhero capes. These mainstream movies were popular with regular folks and critics alike, and the music from the films was as likely to get recognized for awards as the movies themselves.The score from The Magnificent Seven, composed by Elmer Bernstein, was nominated in 1960. The main theme endures as a definitive example of western film music, and it’s been widely used over the years in everything from now-banned cigarette commercials to campy James Bond movies and even as the intro music to massive arena rock concerts. Truly, it’s a go-to for anyone looking to capture the wide-eyed, can-do spirit of adventure associated with the American west.A Fistful of Spaghetti WesternsEmerging in the mid-1960s, the “spaghetti western” sub-genre introduced the world to one of history’s great creative partnerships: director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone.Their collaboration spans multiple films, but it’s Morricone’s work on Leone’s Dollars Trilogy — A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — that came to define the sound of the spaghetti western in the public’s imagination.A Fistful of Dollars was the duo’s first collaboration, and the film’s score reflects both Morricone’s ingenuity and the production’s small budget. In addition to harmonicas, bells, trumpets, and the (at the time) new Fender electric guitar, Morricone’s score employs whistling, bullwhips, and gunfire, an approach that calls back to the sounds that accompanied The Great Train Robbery.With a larger budget, Morricone was able to stretch a little on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but it didn’t hobble his ingenious approach to writing music. The main theme’s iconic two-note opening trill, reminiscent of a coyote’s howl, pops up many times in the film, acting as a motif for each of the three main characters. For Clint Eastwood’s Blondie, the notes are played on flute. For Eli Wallach’s Tuco, the ocarina. When Lee Van Cleef’s Angel Eyes appears on screen, the notes are performed by the human voice.Interestingly enough, all of these groundbreaking and massively acclaimed scores were often written for their respective films before production started.In a 1987 interview, Sergio Leone said, “Ennio Morricone writes the music to your films before you shoot them. From Ennio I ask for themes that clothe my characters easily. He’s never read a script of mine to compose the music, because many times he’s composed the music before the script is ever written . . . I’ve always felt that music is more expressive than dialogue. I’ve always said that my best dialogue and screenwriter is Ennio Morricone.”About the genre and his partner Leone, Morricone told Limelight Magazine, “You know, when I hear the words spaghetti western, I stop talking. Because it’s an insult to the work of Sergio Leone. Spaghetti is something you eat — the work of Leone is certainly not something you eat.”Fair enough.Royalty-Free Music for Western FilmsImage via Westworld (HBO).The curated playlist below is brimming with a ten-gallon’s hat worth of royalty-free western songs that call back to the classics of the beloved genre. Whether you’re going for redemption, reckoning, rustling, or rowdy rodeo action, lasso up a few of your favorites and use them in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License. Happy trails, amigo.Cover image via The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Produzioni Europee Associate).Header image via Sascha Burkhard.Playlist header image via Ray Redstone.Looking for more royalty-free music playlists? Well, pardner, today’s your luck day.Get More Laughs With Royalty-Free Comedy TracksRoyalty-Free Soundtrack Suggestions for VloggersSound as Lighting: The Mood-Altering Magic of Atmospheric Royalty-Free MusicSlinky, Smooth, and Slow: A Sensual Royalty-Free Music PlaylistEmbrace the undeniable Power of Sad Musiclast_img read more

03
Dec
2019

Young e-sevaks turn tribal hamlets of Palghar to digital villages

first_imgA group of Adivasis, mostly women, some with babies in their arms, sit together in a small, dark room, looking at a big white screen mounted on a wall. The screen is lit by a projector. A young man, a teenager really, clicks a key on a laptop and a video begins playing. The letters on screen are in English, which most of the people in the room cannot read.The young man— his name is Ketan — relays the contents of the video to the audience in Marathi. The video is about how to pay electricity bills online. “Click on mahadiscom.in,” Mr. Ketan says.“You can do this if you use the internet,” he says, a little later. And then, still later, “A debit card is the same as an ATM card.” The video plays twice, but the audience still looks bemused.Another young man, Jayesh More, takes over, and he projects more confidence, more authority, but he’s roughly the same age as Ketan. “People here are afraid,” he tells the audience. “Take the first step forward. Ask whatever you want, we are here to help you.” Silence. He tries humour: “Why travel to the taluka to pay your bill, spend money on travel and food? Each of you consumes at least two vada pavs on every trip, right?” This elicits a giggle; a few women begin asking questions.As the session ends, there is noticeably more lightness and camaraderie. Samiksha Gharat, whose family grows paddy in the village, says it will take her a while to figure out how to pay bills online. “My eight-year-old son knows how to check Google,” she adds.Ramesh Ghangde, a 60-year-old farmer who was glued to the presentation, is more confident. “I’ve used their help to get myself an Aadhaar card. I will definitely take their help again,” he says.But perhaps the most interesting transformation in the room is that of the ‘senior’ presenter, though it wasn’t as quick. Mr. Jayesh is just 19, a Class XII Arts student at the Sonopant Dandekar College in Palghar. He looked reticent, lacked confidence and feared the spotlight. But that is not how he is known in his village, Khadkoli. “They used to call me a ‘mastikhor’ [prankster]. Now, they look at me with respect. I never imagined I’d come this far,” he says.Mr. Jayesh and his friends are ‘e-sevaks’, who are leading an information revolution in 19 villages of Palghar, part of a two-year-old initiative, led by the NGO PUKAR. Designed to increase financial inclusion, the campaign has now expanded to create awareness about the importance of e-governance.Along the way, the NGO has also empowered its foot soldiers, the e-sevaks, to participate in decision-making at the local level.Unleashing potentialFor the e-sevaks, it’s been as much a discovery of their hidden strengths as of external influence.“I was never too interested in studies, but always had a social conscience,” says Uttarsha Patil, 22, who is in her final year of Software Engineering at a Vasai institute. “Those of us who were doing the door-to-door campaigns have gained enough confidence to speak at gram sabhas, or directly to the sarpanch.”Shweta Gaikwad, 19, who is in her first year of an accounting course at a Virar college, has found her voice in a conservative society.“Out here, it’s an unspoken rule: women have to be home by 7 p.m. At times, our meetings end at 9 p.m.; I’m the only girl in the neighbourhood to stay out so late. When my neighbours ask me where I’ve been, I just shrug it off. It’s their job to ask.”Nakul Patil, 29, travels over 110 km each way to the Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai, where he works as a technician. But more than his day job, it is his work as an e-sevak that has given him satisfaction. “People would ask us, ‘Why are you doing all this?’ Those were days when even for a photocopy, they had to travel to another village. Now, they approach us on their own. The feedback they give us is, ‘Every other NGO simply puts up posters. You are the only ones who do door-to-door awareness.’”Training for the e-sevaks’ — PUKAR now has 36 of them — involved familiarising them with the use of computers, understanding nearly 50 government schemes, teaching them about research ethics, instruments and communication, and activity-based workshops on issues like caste, gender and the environment. PUKAR trained them for about three months at the Sonopant Dandekar College, which made its computer laboratory available to them.“The e-sevak model is also about personality development,” says Shrutika Shitole, programme facilitator at PUKAR. “They gain internet knowledge, learn how to see problems and handle political issues. As e-sevaks, they have to thoroughly understand government modules.” Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh, director of PUKAR, says the programme has created a leadership base there. An important part of creating leaders, she says, involves practising soft skills.“I have always emphasised to them that just because they have the power, it does not mean they can be disrespectful. These are [dealing with people who are] underprivileged, and don’t have information.”To contest pollsPerhaps the most heartening development for PUKAR is that the e-sevaks will stand for the next Gram Panchayat elections, due in December this year in three villages, and in 2021 in some others.“We’re hoping at least 10 of the 36 will be elected. They are best placed to lead, as they understand the issues villagers face, and people know what they can do,” says Ms. Shitole.All these years, the sarpanch would be elected by default in a reserved seat, and his deputy would wield the power but this time, she says, those equations will be shaken. Dr. Patil-Deshmukh agrees that this is a logical step: “That’s the only way they [the e-sevaks] will change governance; in fact, it’s a very powerful way to bring about change.”last_img read more

30
Nov
2019

Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid

first_imgUSOC Chairman Larry Probst (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — The US Olympic Committee wants to bid for the Winter Olympics, but is still mulling whether it would be better to seek the 2026 or 2030 Games.“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst told reporters on Friday as he discussed talks at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for 2028,” Probst added, referring to the Summer Games awarded to Los Angeles.The United States last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUSOC board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday, Probst said, adding that officials still need more information from the International Olympic Committee on the bidding process.Probst said the USOC wants to be part of the discussion if the IOC decides to award the 2026 and 2030 Olympics in one vote — as it did last month in choosing Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 2018 Winter Games start in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Summer Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pirates still peerless LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In that case, the USOC could be interested in entering the next round of bidding.If so, they would need to select a bid city by next March, Probst said.Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno-Tahoe on Nevada’s border with California and other cities have expressed interest.“We really need more discussions with the IOC to understand their process and timing before we determine what our process is going to be,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.Probst said he has interpreted remarks from IOC president Thomas Bach about selecting a “more traditional” venue for the Winter Games as an indication that he wants them held in Europe or North America.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READlast_img read more

19
Nov
2019

ICC Champions Trophy: Indian batting vs Pakistan’s in numbers

first_imgAs India and Pakistan gear up to face each other in the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 at Edgbaston, the batting statistics look heavily titled in India’s favour.Taking into account, the probable team line-up of both the teams, here’s a look at the runs under the belt of the batsmen of both sides.INDIAN BATTING LINE-UPConsider that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will opening the batting for India, Virat Kohli will come in at 3, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni will come down at 4th end 5th spot and Kedar Jadhav will fill the 6th slot.Shikhar Dhawan: 3090 runs in 76 ODI games; Highest score – 137Rohit Sharma: 5311 runs in 153 ODIs; Highest score – 264Virat Kohli: 7755 runs in 179 ODI matches; Highest score – 183Yuvraj Singh: 8539 runs in 296 ODIs; Highest score – 150MS Dhoni: 9275 runs in 286 ODI matches; Highest score – 183*Kedar Jadhav: 468 runs in 15 ODI games; Highest score – 120The Indian batting have a total of 34438 runs under their belt in 1005 ODI matches total played.PAKISTAN BATTING LINE-UPConsider Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad will be Pakistan’s openers like in the warm-up games, Babar Azam will come down at the third spot, Mohammed Hafeez at 4, experienced Shoaib Malik will be in the middle order at 5 and Sarfraz Ahmed supporting him at the 6th slot.Azhar Ali: 1605 runs in 45 ODI matches; Highest score – 102Ahmed Shehzad: 2585 runs in 78 ODIs; Highest score – 124Babar Azam: 1322 runs in 26 ODI games; Highest score – 125*Mohammed Hafeez: 5728 runs in 185 ODIs; Highest score – 140*Shoaib Malik: 6711 runs in 247 ODIs; Highest score – 143advertisementSarfraz Ahmed: 1568 runs in 70 ODI matches; Highest score – 105Pakistan batting order have a total of 19519 runs with an experience of 651 ODI matches.Going completely by the statistics, India have a slight edge due to the amalgamation of experience and youth in their team while Pakistan are fielding quite an inexperienced side where only Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have played over a 100 ODIs.Many big former cricketers have spoken on the India-Pakistan clash and India being clear favourites over the past few days.Shahid Afridi, in his column at icc.cricket.com, has written that it the depth in the Indian team that gives them a slight edge over Pakistan.Mohammed Azharuddin feels that India are a far stronger side than Pakistan and the neighbouring country do not have match-winners.”Today’s Pakistan team does not have a lot of match-winners. India are much stronger,” said Azharuddin at the Salaam Cricket conclave in London.Aamir Sohail, Pakistan’s explosive opener in the 90s, agreed with Azhar and said, “There’s plenty of gap. Indian cricket authorities have invested in the right areas and they emphasised on the basics of cricket.””Any team needs utility cricketers and impact cricketers. Pakistan does not have those kinds of players and we lack a proper leader. The fact that we have played so much cricket on the dead Emirates pitches has affected us,” Sohail added.Harbhajan Singh went on to say that “sometimes Bangladesh play better than Pakistan.”Aamir Sohail also added that MS Dhoni is still a match-winner and Pakistan need to keep that in mind.”The way Dhoni has been able to win matches with a team with limited resources is remarkable”, the former Pakistani opener said, adding, “Pakistan should definitely be scared of Dhoni, he is still a very dangerous player”.Sourav Ganguly, at the Salaam Cricket conclave, said “India will still beat Pakistan whether Kumble and Kohli are fighting or not. India are a better side than Pakistan, especially in big tournaments.”Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that it is the variety in the Indian bowling line-up that is the X-factor in India’s campaign this Champions Trophy. “Our bowlers like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have swing and seam movement along with pace and that’s why they are dangerous. Even Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir have pace and swing so it won’t be easy to play them but the variety in Indian team with new ball bowling with different styles makes it much more potent attack,” Gavaskar said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket.last_img read more