5 players India should try at No. 4 before World Cup 2019

These young talents deserve a chance to fire near the top.

Batting has always been India's strength in the limited overs game. As ODI cricket is transforming, power hitters are the need of the hour for every team. The Indian batting lineup, too, is packed with power hitters. India are playing some good cricket at the moment and they have identified the roles that individuals will play in the batting order .

India have given opportunities to many players recently and have come to a composition that suits their aggressive style of play. The top order looks solid and the lower middle order is as explosive as ever. However, the number four position still remains a concern for the team management.

Manish Pandey and KL Rahul have been tried at number four recently, but so far they have not been able to cement a permanent place at the position. They have been getting starts but have failed to capitalise on them.

Here, we look at some young players who have been performing consistently in domestic cricket and hence, deserve a chance to be tried at number four:

Karun Nair

Karun Nair scores runs with utmost ease and his strokes are pleasing to the eye. His greatest ability is to find gaps in the field.

A batsman who bats at four is expected to have a good technique and the ability to rotate the strike well. Nair has an excellent technique. He is a rock solid player who would be perfect for a position like number four. He also rotates the strike quite well and is an accumulator of runs.

If trusted for the role, he can take the innings forward and capitalize on the momentum provided by the top order. If however, the top order fail to provide a good start than he has the game to rebuild an innings.

He has played 53 List A games so far and has 1453 runs to his name with a strike rate of 35.43.

Mandeep Singh

Mandeep Singh is an exciting young player who plays for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy, and is rated as a high-caliber batsman by many cricketing pundits. He has a wide range of strokes and is particularly good against the short ball.

He has been scoring runs consistently in domestic cricket and has come a long way as a middle order batsman. He grabbed the eyeballs of many during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 with his style of play. Since then, he has matured as a player and has become stronger mentally.

He has three List A centuries to his name but is yet to make his ODI debut for India. Given the exposure that he has had and the talent that he is, he should be given a chance to shine at number four for India.

Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson has been around for a long time now. He has experienced huge crowds in the IPL and has also played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. He made his debut for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2013 when he was just 18 years of age.

He showed great promise throughout his first two seasons of the IPL and immense maturity.

For some reason, he has not been able to transform his promise into performances, and has only managed to play a solitary T20 international for India. But there is no denying the fact that he is an exceptional talent.

He plays some outrageous strokes with absolute ease and if he can find consistency and improve his shot selection, than he might turn out to be a good number four for India. His ability to keep wickets also works in his favour.

Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer has been in good form lately. The Mumbai batsman recently guided India A to a tri-series win against South Africa A with an unbeaten century. He is a dynamic young batsman who can dominate a bowling attack.

He has a staggering batting average of 54.33 in First-Class cricket, with a highest score of 202*. He also has two List A centuries to his name.

He is a prolific run scorer in domestic cricket and if he gets a chance to bat at number four for India, it would be interesting to see what impact he has on the game.

Iyer plays for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and is a strong pillar of their batting order. He had a good IPL 2017 in which he stroke the ball at a rate of 139. Given his recent exploits, he deserves to be given a chance to play at four for India.

Baba Aparajith

Baba Aparajith plays for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. He is a technically sound batsman and has a calmness about his game. He is tailor-made for the number four position, as his game is a right blend of attack and defence. Whenever he gets in, he scores big runs.

He is a good prospect for the Indian Team and definitely deserves a chance to bat in the middle order as he has been consistent for a long time now in domestic circuit. He has a good cricketing brain and he reads the situations well.

He has scored 1713 List A runs at an average of over 40, slamming four centuries in the process. As the Indian batting line up is packed with explosive and power hitting players, he might turn out to be an ideal player for the number four position with his calmness and solidity.

North Korea accuses US of declaring war

North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers.
Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the warplanes were not in North Korea's airspace.
The White House dismissed the statement as "absurd". The Pentagon warned Pyongyang to stop provocations.
A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to fatal misunderstandings.
Mr Ri's comments were a response to Mr Trump's tweet that the North Korean leadership would not "be around much longer" if they continued their rhetoric.
"The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country," Mr Ri told reporters as he was leaving New York, where he had addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
"Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make counter-measures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country."
Mr Trump's tweet followed Mr Ri's fiery speech to the UN on Saturday, when he described the US president as a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania" on a "suicide mission".
Referring to Mr Trump's post, North Korea's minister said "the question of who won't be around much longer" would be answered by his country.
Mr Ri's remarks – not the first time that North Korea has used the phrase "a declaration of war" in relation to the US – are the latest in an increasingly angry war of words between the two countries.
His statement came two days after US warplanes flew close to North Korea's coast in a show of force.
Pentagon spokesman Col Robert Manning reacted by saying: "If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the president to deal with North Korea."
"We want things to calm down," China's ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi, told Reuters. "It's getting too dangerous and it's in nobody's interest."
Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary General António Guterres, said: "Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings."
"The only solution for this is a political solution," he added.
Despite weeks of tension, experts have played down the risk of direct conflict between the two.
North Korea has continued to carry out nuclear and ballistic missile tests in recent weeks, in defiance of successive rounds of UN sanctions.
The country's leaders say nuclear capabilities are its only deterrent against an outside world seeking to destroy it.
After the North's latest and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions on the country.

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Official Apparel now available

Priced affordably at Rs. 399 onwards, FIFA U-17 World Cup Official Apparel launched

New Delhi, India, September 26, 2017 – In what would be music to the ears of Indian football lovers, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Official Apparel has been launched across the country. The collection is priced affordably between Rs. 399 and Rs. 999, featuring thirty styles and ninety variants in five sizes.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup Official Merchandise is available across online and offline retail and is being sold through large format stores like Globus, Shoppers Stop and Central, as well as online portals like Myntra and Jabong. The merchandise will also be available at all the stadiums in all the six Host Cities where the World Cup matches are taking place across all the 52 games.

“A World Cup is all about colour and pageantry. We are delighted that Indian football fans have an opportunity to buy and wear affordable Official World Cup Merchandise and can access it both online and on the ground," said Joy Bhattacharjya, Project Director of the Local Organising Committee. 

The entire range has been manufactured by Alcis Sports, who is the exclusive rights holder to manufacture and distribute merchandise on behalf of FIFA in the Indian subcontinent, and the fanwear will also be available on the company’s e-commerce platform www.alcissports.com

“It is indeed a great moment for everyone in India that the country is playing host to a big tournament like the FIFA U-17 World Cup. We are proud of not only being a part of the mega event but getting a chance to engage with the passionate football fans of the country through the official fanwear for the tournament. We have designed the FIFA U-17 World Cup to enable the fans to live the spirit of football through this gear”, said Roshan Baid, Managing Director of Alcis Sports.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup Official Merchandise comprises a range of products, with the FIFA U-17 World Cup Official Slogan — ‘Football Takes Over’ emblazoned on all pieces.

India created IITs, Pakistan created LeT: Sushma at UN

During her second consecutive address at the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that while India created reputed institutions such as IITs, IIMs and AIIMS, Pakistan created terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. "We are completely engaged in fighting poverty but our neighbour Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us," she added.

PMO to review progress made under Make in India scheme in defence sector

Almost three years after the Narendra Modi government called for promoting Make in India in the defence sector, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is planning to review the progress made in the project with several schemes such as infantry combat vehicles, submarines and fighter aircraft already been initiated by the defence ministry.

"The PMO is planning to review the progress made in the Make in India scheme with all stakeholders, including officials from the defence ministry and department of defence production," a government source told Mail Today.

Sources said the focus of the meet would be on ongoing and long-pending projects under the Make in India category, which have been stalled or slowed down due to different issues, and ways on which they can be pushed towards completion at a faster rate.

The meeting will give special focus on armoured vehicles to be provided to the Indian Army , which has been working on its futuristic infantry combat vehicle project for over a decade now. Efforts are being made to revive the project where big industrial players, including Tatas and L&T are in the fray, along with the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).

The meeting is also likely to discuss the strategic partnership policy that was announced this year and also suggest new additions to it. The defence ministry has brought the manufacturing of submarines, helicopters, fighter aircraft and armoured vehicles and tanks under the project for promoting local military industry indigenously for complex weapon systems and platforms.

While former defence minister Arun Jaitley had decided in favour of indigenous Akash surface-to-air missiles over systems offered by foreign vendors, new minister Nirmala Sitharaman decided to try DRDO developed light machine guns when the case was stuck due to a single vendor situation after trials.

The government is also moving fast on the Air Force's project to manufacture 114 single-engine Made in India jets under the strategic partnership policy where Indian companies would tie up with American or Swedish firms to build the planes in India.

Free Balochistan’ drive in Geneva – Pak furious, blames India-Afghanistan nexus

Pakistan on Monday summoned Switzerland's ambassador-designate to lodge protest over the display of anti-Pakistan posters in Geneva, the Foreign Office said.

Ambassador-designate Thomas Kolly was summoned by the Foreign Office after some posters, reading "Free Balochistan", were displayed in Geneva. The poster campaign was apparently orchestrated by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a banned entity in Pakistan.

The Foreign Office in a statement said that Kolly met Additional Secretary (Europe) Zaheer A Janjua.

"A strong protest was lodged with the ambassador on allowing the use of Swiss territory by elements linked with a terrorist organisation perpetrating terrorism and violence in Pakistan," it said.

It was underlined that these posters had been "sponsored by a terrorist organisation proscribed by Pakistan as well as some other countries."

The envoy was asked to convey to his government Pakistan's strong protest on allowing its space to a terrorist organisation to carry out activities against Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity, in contravention of the UN Charter and international law, the statement said.

The Swiss government was urged that as host country and a close partner, action should be taken against the perpetrators of such a malicious campaign.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Permanent Mission to United Nations at Geneva demanded Swiss government to take strict actions against the culprits involved in this act.

In his letter, the Permanent Representative of the Mission, Farrukh Amil, said the use of Swiss soil by terrorist and violent secessionists for nefarious designs against Pakistan and its 200 million people is totally unacceptable.

He said that the terrorists or elements linked with terrorists operate openly in the peaceful and serene city of Geneva for their propaganda campaigns is a matter of grave concern.

The ambassador said that "Swiss authorities should be alert about presence of Balochistan Liberation Army terrorists or elements linked with such terrorists in Geneva."

Amil also demanded an investigation into the campaign with a view to blocking its recurrence and expressed hope that Swiss authorities will proceed against the local accomplices of the BLA for supporting a terror group.

The Untold Story Of Capt. Vijyant Thapar- His bond with young Kashmiri Girl

There are many stories in the Indian army that touch our heart and move us to the core. One such true incident is of Capt Vijyant Thapar, Vir Chakra(Posthumous) who family members fondly call as Robin.

Lt. Vijayant Thapar was conferred the rank of Captain after his supreme sacrifice during the capture of area Knoll in Drass Sector. Vijyant was a benevolent soul and it showed with his actions. Vijyant was commissioned in the Indian Army on 12th December, 1998. His battalion, the 2nd Battalion, Rajputana Rifles which was stationed at Gwalior soon moved to Kupwara, Kashmir.
Militancy and terrorists from other side of the border was common those days. A young girl, just 6-years old, called Rukhsana, her father, Mohammad Akbar was brutally murdered by Sarafi terrorists(militants funded from foreign mercenaries) in front of her eyes and young Rukhsana was shell shocked. She could not react, she could not speak and she stopped doing anything else.
Capt. Vijyant Thapar’s battalion was moved into her school in Kandi village in North Kashmir. Vijyant spoke to the principal of the school and got to know how some terrorists killed Rukhsana’s father and met Rukhsana. Initially, Rukhsana will not speak and had lost her vocal powers due to tragedy. It took lot of efforts of Vijyant and his faithful Sahayak, Sepoy Jagmal Singh Shekhawat for making things normal for Rukhsana.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Winner’s Trophy unveiled in Kochi

Honourable Minister for Industries, Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Kerala, Shri A.C. Moideen unveiled the Winner’s Trophy of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 today at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, in front of enthusiastic Keralites.


Present on the occasion were P. T. Thomas (Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly), T J Vinod (Deputy Mayor Kochi Municipal Corporation), K. M. I. Mather (President of Kerala Football Association), C N Mohanan (GCDA Chairman), Joy Bhattacharjya (Project Director of the LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017) and other dignitaries including former international players.


"FIFA U-17 World Cup would be a great leap in the football development of Kerala, which is now is 100% ready to welcome the World Cup extravaganza. We are getting ready with world class infrastructure facilities.


“Before the tournament kicks off, we are going to have various kind of promotional activities throughout the state including celebrity football match, one million goals, along with other activities," said Moideen.


The vibrant, rich and colourful cultural heritage of the Kerala was on display at the stadium in front of a large crowd that gathered to participate and kick-start the Trophy Experience in Kochi.


On Saturday, 23rd September, the Winner’s Trophy will be placed at Ambedkar Stadium at a Mission XI Million festival between 9:30 am and 1 pm.


Concluding the Trophy Experience in India, Fort Kochi will host the Trophy on Sunday, 24th September between 3 and 8 pm.


The Trophy Experience will give football-loving Keralite fans a unique opportunity to come and witness the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup which will be lifted by the winning team on 28th October in Kolkata.


Kochi will kick-off the first FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 match on October 7, with the enticing tie between Brazil and Spain scheduled at 5 pm.

India is hosting a FIFA World Cup for the first time, and the team will be participating in the tournament, which begins on October 6 in Navi Mumbai and Delhi.

Coffee cuts risk of dying from stroke and heart disease, study suggests

Coffee a day keeps the doctor away? Perhaps, but benefits may be down to lifestyles rather than the brew itself, researchers say

People who drink coffee have a lower risk of dying from a host of causes, including heart disease, stroke and liver disease, research suggests – but experts say it’s unclear whether the health boost is down to the brew itself.

The connection, revealed in two large studies, was found to hold regardless of whether the coffee was caffeinated or not, with the effect higher among those who drank more cups of coffee a day.

But scientists say that the link might just be down to coffee-drinkers having healthier behaviours.

“It is plausible that there is something else behind this that is causing this relationship,” said Marc Gunter, a co-author of one of the studies, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

But, he added, based on the consistency of the results he would be surprised if coffee itself didn’t play a role in reducing the risk of death.

About 2.25bn cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day. While previous studies have suggested coffee might have health benefits, the latest research involves large and diverse cohorts of participants.

The first study looked at coffee consumption among more than 185,000 white and non-white participants, recruited in the early 1990s and followed up for an average of over 16 years. The results revealed that drinking one cup of coffee a day was linked to a 12% lower risk of death at any age, from any cause while those drinking two or three cups a day had an 18% lower risk, with the association not linked to ethnicity.

“We found that coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death from heart disease, from cancer, from stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes and kidney disease,” said Veronica Setiawan, associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and a co-author of the research.

Most Expensive Diamond In The World

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Koh-I-Noor: (Priceless)

Koh-I-Noor means “Mountain of Light” in Persian. Before polishing it was 793 carats, but now the diamond measures 105 carat (21.6 grams). It is believed to be of an Indian origin too.

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