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Good for the people It is hard to exaggerate how much these Arab regimes wasted the lives of an entire Arab generationwith their foolish wars with Israel and each other and their fraudulent ideologies that masked their naked power grabs and predatory behaviour Nothing good was possible with these leaders The big question todaythoughis this: is progress possible without them That isonce these regimes are shucked offcan the different Arab communities come together as citizens and write social contracts for how to live together without iron-fisted dictators YemenLibyaSyriaEgypt and Tunisia are all going to attempt such transitions at once It is unprecedented in this regionand we can already see just how hard this will be I still believe that the democratic impulse by all these Arab peoples to throw off their dictators is heroic and hugely positive They will oust all of them in the end But the new dawn will take time to appear Thomas L Friedman For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sandip G | New Delhi | Updated: December 29 2016 8:15 am Cheteshwar Pujara has hit three hundreds in the last six Test matches (Express file) Top News If there were inquisitive apprehensions pertaining to how Cheteshwar Pujara intrinsically a chip off the old block would fit into the neo-aggression philosophy of skipper Virat Kohli the 28-year-old has allayed it with a prolific year that ascertains his worthiness in the side After a year wherein he scored 836 runs at 5573 Pujara puts his year and numbers in perspective to The Indian Express besides explaining forces at work behind the newfound buzz of the Indian team Excerpts: It was a five-Test series after a long time How difficult was it to sustain the intensity over a long period of time We have played a five Test series in England the year before so that prepared us mentally and physically as how to keep ourselves focused in a long series Probably this series was more intense than the previous one but we really enjoyed it We went out with a positive frame of my mind right from the first Test and wanted to win all the five Tests They also played an intense brand of cricket and most of the matches were closer (than the scorecard suggests) It was perhaps the closest series we had played at home since the series in 2012-13 which we lost to England Most of us were part of that series and so we were naturally motivated to put on a really good effort to win the series this time We were quite disappointed that we couldn’t win the first Test in Rajkot Then the turnaround (momentum swing in India’s favour) happened in the second Test and from thereafter we sustained the intensity and put them under a lot of pressure What’s Anil Kumble style of functioning A lot of people say it’s great for the bowlers to have him as coach but from a batsman’s perspective how influential a coach is he Obviously him being vastly experienced bowler a great bowler himself the bowlers can always pick his brains But overall he gives a lot of valuable guidance to the team over all Like for example he has explained to me the bowlers’ psychology in general like how they might respond in a particular phase of the game and what strategies they might employ to bait you Unless he spots something really drastically wrong in your batting he doesn’t talk technique That he mostly leaves to Sanjay (Bangar) sir The one thing he told me in the last series against New Zealand was to show a lot more intent in converting my starts At that point I was getting out after good starts and he told me that I shouldn’t let the bowlers settle He pointed out to me that I have been dominating attacks in first-class cricket and that he sees no reason why I can’t do that to bowlers in Test cricket too That piece of advice benefited me a lot and thereafter I have been able to bat with more freedom and scored three hundreds After my hundred against New Zealand he came up to me and told me that this is the way I should be playing Overall he keeps things very simple doesn’t complicate things and takes great care of every player in the squad He basically ensures that we are enjoying our cricket Was it just the change of mindset alone behind your hundreds It played a big role but I have also added a few attacking shots to my game which has helped me a lot under pressure situations Like when there is a particular phase in which the bowlers is looking to dominate I’ll try to play these shots and try to unsettle them I can’t divulge what these shots are because I don’t want to give bowlers any hint about it They are always looking to study a batsman But isn’t the margin between trying to unsettle a bowler and getting out thin It’s not about playing a reckless shot to unsettle a bowler rather latching on to the slightest of opportunity ensuring that even a marginally loose ball is punished I don’t premeditate these shots but plays it only when there’s an opportunity Though you scored three hundreds in your last six Tests was it a little disappointing that you couldn’t convert some of those into bigger ones as you generally tend to Sometimes it does disappoint me because I like to score big hundreds and I’m not easily satisfied with a just a 120 or 130 Then I try to analyse my innings and if it has made a difference to my team I more than happy and satisfied For example I was really disappointed at getting out after scoring a hundred in Rajkot I was set for a bigger knock and then got out But when I analysed the knock it was very important especially the partnership with Vijay in the context of the match as well as series It was the first Test England had put on a good first-innings total their bowlers were bowling well changing their plans and mixing things up So it was very important for us to be in the middle for as long as possible So in then end it gives you a lot of satisfaction because the innings has been important for the team’s cause It gives you more joy than a hundred that has come for a losing cause Also in the end if you can score three hundreds in three Tests you should be extremely happy And I’m confident that I can start scoring big hundreds again There is a buzz about this Indian team and how Kohli is leading the side… He is someone who inspires the team by his sheer personality There are a lot of things we can learn from him like his work ethics and commitment Whatever he does he does it with utmost commitment and passion He gives it all whether it’s on the field gym or the board room His aggression rubs on to all of us and we go into every match or session with the belief that we could win So the team atmosphere is wonderful everybody wants to contribute everybody wants to win and there are positive vibes in the dressing room We have a sense of togetherness about us Communication is another catch word of Kohli and Kumble… Of course it is There is no communication barrier in the team Everybody is free to express their views and perceptions and ideas and what they feel about a particular situation or strategies The coach and captain take great care in ensuring that we communicate well It also helps to a great degree that most of us are in the same age-group and we have been playing cricket for a long time together Some one like Ajinkya Virat Jadeja and myself have been playing together since U-17 and U-19 days For a lot of years we have played with or against each other in Ranji Trophy and other domestic cricket So we are thickly-bonded and understand each other really well How important is communication when you are on field and thinking on the feet Virat is very open about it (expressing your ideas) There are no inhibitions Like when you are bowling and someone feels there should be a fielder in a particular spot Virat will discuss it with others and then if he feels the idea is good he will surely put a fielder there Or else he will explain to him why there shouldn’t be one there He is quite open about trying different things and engages the team in discussions Now with DRS communication is even more significant So do you have specific players assigned with the responsibility to keep an eye on the edges in case of close-in catches or lbws It’s still early days for us and there aren’t any particular players assigned for DRS Usually the keeper the slips-men and the close-in fielders give the inputs And of course the bowlers I think every body has to be involved Even if you are fielding in the covers or mid-wicket your observation could be valuable (on deciding whether to use the DRS) As batsmen we have to be very judicious when using it We have done a good job with the DRS in the series but I would say we are still trying to understand it better What is it with the dressing room that newcomers like Jayant and Karun have straightaway come into the team and started performing Also someone like Parthiv Patel returning to the Test side after eight years and looking the part I think both Karun and Jayant were almost ready to play at this level of the game This is because we have really good support system We have someone like Rahul Dravid as the coach of U-19 and India A sides They have been groomed really well and I see a lot of Dravid’s influence in the way Karun carries himself though I haven’t talked about it with him (Karun) So by the time they are in the India A team they are ready for international cricket Then it’s mostly about how you mentally adapt to the demands of Test cricket As for Parthiv he has been around for so long and played so many international and first-class matches So we all knew how good he was and it was a case of him getting the right breaks In this team everybody realises the importance of making the best of opportunities because there is a healthy competition going around and we have a pool of at least 20-25 players ready to step in at any given moment And we also ensure that the new players have a comfortable atmosphere in the dressing room Returning to your game fielding coach R Sridhar recently said that you are most improved fielder in the side… Really I’m happy to hear that because I have put in a lot of effort to improve my fielding I was always a safe fielder like I seldom used to drop catches and all But now I feel I’m a little more athletic on the field and the reason behind is that I have been working really hard on fitness for the last one-and-a-half to two years And a lot of credit goes to him (Sridhar) He has given me a lot of important inputs Also fitness helps you to concentrate better when you play long innings and helps to prevent injuries in a long season as this when you are playing a Test match almost every other week What are your plans for this two-month break Hopefully the break gives me time to unwind a little catch up with my friends and spend more time with my family The last few months had a involved a lot of travel so I can relax for a few days It’s kind of holidays but I don’t intend to completely disconnect myself with the game because there are certain areas of the game I want to work on and there also are a few domestic T20 matches coming up So I want to make the most of that opportunity as well and show that I’m good at playing T20s too For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 27 2015 1:08 am Related News The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday ordered the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to clear its stand within a week as to whether the retirement age of Panjab University teachers could be increased from 60 to 65 years Otherwise the ministry’s secretary would have to remain present in the court on December 7 The directions came from the court headed by Justice Lisa Gill after coming to know that the ministry had not cleared its stand on the issue despite having been granted various opportunities The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by Panjab University professors including Amar Nath Gill and Bhura Singh Ghuman However the Punjab government has already cleared its stand to the court that it is not in favour of granting extension in the retirement age to Panjab University teachers from 60 to 65 years Among various petitioners the high court had earlier put stay on the retirement of professors Gill and Ghuman at the age of 60 years Gill is a professor at the department of statistics and Ghuman at the department of public administration Both the professors had alleged that the Panjab University had failed to implement the Centre’s composite scheme of 2008 enhancing the retirement age from 60 to 65 years despite it being funded by the central government to the extent of 92 per cent Earlier the Panjab University had in its reply submitted to the court that it had amended the varsity regulations and had sent to the HRD ministry for approval long back but no reply had come from the HRD ministry The petitioners had submitted that according to the statutory University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations issued on June 26 2010 the age of superannuation in central universities and other institutions maintained and/or funded by the UGC shall be strictly in accordance with the decision of the Central government Thereafter on June 29 2010 the Panjab University adopted these regulations the court was informed But still the teachers were being compelled to retire at the age of 60 years The case will now come up for hearing on December 7 For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal hasnot been invited for the inauguration of newMagenta Line of the Delhi Metro which will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on 25 December Media reports said that Adityanath will visitNoida on Saturday to check security and other arrangements while Modi will visit on Monday Although theNoida-Kalkaji Metro line which stretches for1264 kilometers concludes in New Delhi and ispart of a longer 3823-kilometre network sprawling over an elaborate set-up inthe national capital Kejriwal has been left out of the guest list?” Second, Related News In a sweet tribute to his dog Butkus.

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