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first_img Continue Reading Previous Acceed: GPU-PC gains performance from graphics cardNext AAEON collaborates with Intel to deliver powerful network solutions Abaco Systems announced the GVC1001 ultra-high performance graphics, vision and AI evaluation platform. It is based on the recently-released NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module that features an NVIDIA Volta GPU with 512 Tensor Cores and an 8-core ARM CPU.  The GVC1001 is capable of up to 5.7 TeraFLOPS of performance.The GVC1001 is ideal for deployment on highly constrained platforms such as autonomous vehicles. Typical applications include embedded training, 360° situational awareness, EO/IR processing, non-cert Degraded Visual Environment, display processing, moving map and many more.These types of compute-, data- and image-intensive applications are now requiring AI, deep learning techniques and inferencing engines – which the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module delivers. This new level of processing is required for advanced digital maps, image recognition, image segmentation, object localization, image fusion, image stabilization, object tracking and image correction within the target applications.The GVC1001 is particularly suitable for ground vehicles as it provides two CANBus ports for vehicle data. It is capable of very high bandwidth with video ingest from multiple cameras over the two 10GbE ports. Additionally, for data-intensive applications, the 512-core CUDA-capable Volta GPU opens up a broad range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. These include wide area persistent surveillance, hyperspectral sensor fusion, IED detection, and synthetic aperture radar processing.In addition to the dual 10 GBE ports and two CANBus ports, the GVC1001 features extensive I/O flexibility with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It is ideally complemented by Abaco’s RES3000 family of rugged Ethernet switches for the aggregation of input from multiple cameras. 256 GBytes of NVMe SSD bulk storage is provided as standard to store mission- and moving map data.To enable the rapid development of image processing and manipulation application development, the GVC1001 is supported by Abaco’s AXIS ImageFlex image processing and visualization toolkit, which is designed to allow engineers to harness the full potential of NVIDIA GPUs. ImageFlex greatly simplifies application creation by delivering a powerful set of high-level application programming interfaces that exploit the full capabilities of the underlying GPUs while abstracting the complex details associated with each implementation.  Applications built using the ImageFlex framework are easier to develop, test, debug and maintain, while speeding time to deployment by up to five times.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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first_imgThat Lionel Messi had a frustrating evening against Iceland in Argentina’s 2018 World Cup opener is a tale by now.The missed penalty, the eventual 1-1 draw and as Cristiano Ronaldo fans are claiming, the Portuguese’s hat-trick performance as day ago, Messi has not had a very pleasant beginning in Russia.Having announced his retirement after the 2016 Copa America final loss to Chile, Messi reversed his decision and is now at perhaps his last World Cup to fulfill his dream of a trophy with his country.Messi is well and truly contemplating his retirement after this tournament but Saturday’s dreadful start was far from a fairytale.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEMessi attempted a total of 11 shots against Iceland, out of which three of them were on target, and that is the most number of shots he has ever attempted in a single World Cup but still failed to score.Only Italy’s Luigi Riva has attempted more shots in a World Cup than what Messi tried last evening, without scoring. Riva took 13 shots each against Sweden and Israel in the 1970 World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: Modric does what Messi could not as European nations shineMessi’s frustrating night can be compounded by the fact that the last time he took these many shots without scoring in a competitive game for club or country was in December 2017 for Barcelona against Deportivo de La Coruna.Messi’s missed penalty brought back memories of the shocking miss during the 2016 Copa America final — one that cost Argentina the chance to lift the title.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018, Day 3 Highlights: Penalties, Messi flop show and VARLast evening, it was not the title but surely cost Argentina the match.With Ronaldo scoring a good penalty on Friday, his fans got a chance to troll Messi for missing another and his record with penalties over the last few times does not help the Argentine.For both Barcelona and Argentina, Messi has missed four of the last seven penalties he has taken, and it brings to light a little question, should Messi be taking the penalties?Also read – Lionel Messi misses penalty a day after Cristiano Ronald’s heroicsIt is a hardly contested fact that Messi is extremely dangerous with free kicks. His scoring rate with free kicks is sensational while penalties throw in some embarrassing numbers.On top of that, Messi on Saturday, attempted seven more shots than Ronaldo did against Spain. Yet the Portuguese got a hat-trick under his bag while Messi walked back empty-handed.Also read – World Cup 2018: Iceland hero reveals how he prepared for Lionel Messi”It would have changed the script. It was the advantage. Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty,” Messi said after the match.Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli also failed to evaluate Messi’s performance saying that he endured a difficult night due to Iceland’s defensive mindset.”To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi’s work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him,” Sampaoli said.Also read – World Cup 2018: Messi flops as Iceland draw with Argentina”Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win. Leo is very committed to Argentina.”Argentina play Croatia next on June 21 and like Messi said “we will try to pass this quickly.” That will be his one huge motto.last_img read more

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first_imgFIFA, football’s world governing body, has started an investigation into alleged homophobic chants by Mexican fans during their country’s shock victory against defending champions Germany in the World Cup on Sunday.Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But the North Americans had other ideas as they pulled off a massive upset with a 1-0 win at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.FIFA said it was “collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the matter, including the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was present at the game as part of FIFA’s anti-discrimination monitoring system.”FIFA added that it could not comment further until it had evaluated all the information.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEMexico fans have long shouted an insult that gay rights groups argue is homophobic at keepers taking goal kicks.Mexico shock Germany, Swiss deny 5-time champions BrazilThe country has been fined several times during World Cup qualifying play over the slurs.Best goal of my entire life: Mexico’s Lozano on his winner vs GermanyMexico’s football federation (FMF) has in the past appealed to fans to refrain from using the chant.WORLD CUP 2018 DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTSThe historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns GermanyadvertisementSuch was the magnitude of the celebration in Mexico that it caused an “artificial” earthquake according to SIMMSA, the body that monitors and analyses seismic activity in the country.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgBelgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice on Friday to match the great Diego Maradona.The Manchester United striker scored a brace as Belgium thumped Tunisia 5-2 in their Group G encounter to qualify for the knockouts. Lukaku, who also scored two goals in the Belgium’s opening match against Panama, became the first player to score two goals in consecutive World Cup matches since Maradona did it in 1986.The first Lukaku goal came in the 16th minute. The 25-year-old latched onto a pass from Dries Mertens to slot it past the Tunisian goalkeeper to double Belgium’s lead after Eden Hazard opened the scoring.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHe struck again in the stoppage time of first half after he beat the Tunisian defence and then chipped the Thomas Meunier pass over the goalie.In the 1986 World Cup, Maradona scored two goals including the “Hand of God goal” as Argentina defeated England 2-1 in the quarter-finals. In the semis, the maestro scored another two goals as they defeated Belgium 2-0.Lukaku now has four goals in the ongoing World Cup and is now tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest goal scorer, so far. It’s also the most any Belgian player has managed in a single tournament.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe former Chelsea striker has now scored seven goals for his country in World Cups and European Championships, more than any other player in their history. He scored a solitary goal in 2014 World Cup and two more in the 2016 Euros.advertisementThe record was earlier held by Jan Ceulemans, who scored six goals in World Cups and European Championships for Belgium.Hazad and Lukaku, who both scored two goals each, became the first pair to do so since Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle did the same for Germany against Brazil in 2014.last_img read more

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first_imgVivo is launching its crazy futuristic Nex phone in India today. The Nex is a phone with no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. It was first announced in China in June in two versions: a standard Nex A and a high-end Nex S. Vivo is bringing only the latter to India for now, and it is expected to be priced just under Rs 50,000. This means that the Nex would be more affordable than the Oppo Find X, a phone that has similar ambitions. The Vivo Nex will be an Amazon-exclusive in India.Vivo is hosting a press conference in the National Capital at 12:30PM where it will announce the Nex phone for the Indian market. You can watch the live stream here.The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now. It is, in fact, the commercial version of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does not have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. This means that it’s prone to wear and tear over time, although Vivo says, that it can be used hassle-free about 50,000 times and also it can withstand up to 500-grams of weight.advertisementHardware specs of the Nex phone that is coming to India include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ Super AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage which is non-expandable.ALSO READ: Vivo Nex S India price leaked before July 19 launch, will be cheaper than Oppo Find XThe phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.The Nex phone further sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia A coach and Indian stalwart Rahul Dravid feels Yuzvendra Chahal should play more red-ball cricket to gain experience in the longest format of the game and focus on developing his skills for Test cricket.Leg-spinner Chahal has formed a lethal combination with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in white-ball cricket but while Kuldeep found a place in India’s Test squad, Chahal is yet to prove himself in that arena.Dravid feels that Chahal has the skills to excel in red-ball cricket and he is getting the chance to prove himself and play the longest format in the ongoing ‘A’ series against South Africa.Dravid said that Chahal had a lot of success in white-ball cricket when he toured for ‘A’ series in Australia and he sees no reason that the same can translate into red-ball cricket.Also read – Mohammed Siraj stars in India A’s resounding victory over South Africa A”Chahal is someone the Indian selectors are keen on and they want to see how he does in red-ball cricket because he has not played much. So, it is nice that we gave him a couple of chances and it has worked out nicely. So, the more Chahal plays red-ball cricket, the more experience he will gain. There is no doubt, as we see, that he has got skills, but he needs to play a lot more,” Dravid said after India A beat South Africa A by an innings and 30 runs.Dravid was also pleased with the development shown by players like Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw and Mohammad Siraj. Siraj, who took 10 wickets against South Africa to help India ‘A’ received special praise.advertisement”I think they have shown over the last year or so with their performances that they are playing very good cricket. It’s nice to see them developing and growing as players. Whether there is an opportunity or not is not for me to decide. But they have played really well. Mayank Agarwal was quite exceptional in this game and Prithvi has shown continuous improvement in every level he has played,” he told reporters at post-match session.”I think maturity is one thing. Definitely, the way he [Siraj] has bowled in last three to four games for us in England and here has been absolutely terrific. He has taken 26 wickets in last three to four games. Also 10 here. He is maturing and bowling good, and also he is becoming stronger physically,” Dravid said.”For someone, who has not even played a lot of junior cricket coming up. He has not been really a part of the system. He has played 17 or 18 first class games. So, he is learning.”Dravid asserted that Siraj was still on a learning curve and said he would not judge him too quickly or harshly.”He has played a little bit of IPL and has been in and out. He has not had that much opportunities. The more he plays, the better he will get. I think, this is great and good step,” Dravid told.Dravid said that the organisers are trying to create conditions where fast bowlers can develop their skillset.”We are trying to create conditions – have more grass on the wicket so that it is bit more challenging for our batsmen while our seamers come into play. This hones their skills and gives them a chance to develop their skills,” Dravid said.Dravid said that planning and scheduling of the A series is very critical, which requires to be done in advance in reciprocal way between various boards just to create opportunities for players.”I see this A series a good bridge between domestic cricket, national and international cricket. It gives boards chance to give exposure to players. So, we work on planning and scheduling to make this happen. It opens up more options for selectors.Dravid said the focus on the ‘A’ series is not just on “winning games” but to keep a constant flow of players for the national team.”Our role is to develop young talents and give opportunities to them. Another role we play is to see what are the requirements of the national team and how we can help them,” he said.”Whether it is Murali Vijay or Ajinkya Rahane or Yuzuvendra Chahal, we try to see who can fit the bill of the national selectors.”There are times when he has to give opportunities to Indian players who are looking for a recall, he added. From his perspective, Dravid said they organise A series so that the players get more opportunities to play against quality Australian and South African players.advertisement”We have organised a triangluar series – there will be 30 players on display when we play one day series and Test matches in Australia and South Africa. So, more of our guys get opportunities to showcase their talents against some of the really talented players of the world, the better,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgIndia suffered an embarrassing 1-4 defeat in the recently concluded Test series against England. Virat Kohli emerged the main star for the touring team, scoring 593 runs which was the highest, but faced criticism for his leadership skills from cricket experts around the world.There was controversy regarding India’s reluctance to play practice games prior to the start of the series. On Wednesday, MS Dhoni too blamed the lack of practice for the poor show in the series.”Indian team missed out on playing practice matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust. This is a part of the game. We shouldn’t forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by SportsRush at a motivational program organised by the CISF at the Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.India only played one practice match against Essex prior to the first Test at Edgbaston. The Indian team management had also cancelled their tour game in South Africa earlier this year. Skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had insisted that the team was ready to take on England in their own backyard.Also read – Team India report card after England Test seriesBut, come the end of the series, it looked like only Kohli was ready for the challenge and while the rest of the batsmen failed.Kohli recently questioned the “utility” of tour games if the visiting side is not provided with ideal conditions and opposition in those matches.Also read – As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsadvertisement”Lot of people talk about tour games but where are those tour games happening and against what quality of bowling are very important questions to be asked,” Kohli said in an interview to Michael Holding.”Because if you don’t get the preparation you need before a Test series, then it is actually not utilised well. Time is not utilised well if you don’t get the quality of opposition that you will face in Test cricket,” he added.Watch: There is no such thing as optional practice when team is 0-2 down: GavaskarIndia have lost back-to-back overseas Test series in South Africa and England with many former greats. Cricket experts, including legendary Sunil Gavaskar, have questioned time and again the India team’s refusal to play warm-up matches.”I can understand they have taken the day off today.. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow,” Gavaskar told India Today after India’s humiliating defeat at Lord’s.Also read – Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questions”But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London. You cannot get practice facilities in London as easily as you would in Nottingham – I hope they practice from Tuesday. And there should be no optional practice. Everybody needs to get down to practice There’s no such thing as optional practice when you are 0-2 down,” he said.”You don’t just need net practice but practice matches also. One should strive for practice games between third and fourth Test as well when there is space. There may possibly be some new players coming in after third Test and they need some practice time as well. These things have to be thought about. I have been saying this since January when the South Africa tour was lost. But perhaps we are old fashioned, who don’t understand modern day cricket,” he said.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketWhen Dhoni was asked about why he gave up captaincy, he clarified that he wanted the incoming skipper, Kohli, to get enough time to prepare his team for the World Cup in 2019.”I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” Dhoni said.”Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time”, Dhoni added.Dhoni will next be seen in action in the upcoming Asia Cup, starting September 15 in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Manchester United captain Gary Neville slammed the board for the way they have run the club in the past few years and defended Jose Mourinho after United’s horrendous start to the season.Gary on Sunday accused those above Mourinho in the board room of having no long-term plan to restore former glories after United went down to West Ham 1-3 at the London Stadium to register their worst start to a season since 1989-90 and now sit 10th in the table.United have won only three of their opening seven Premier League games so far and Neville feels that the lack of leadership above Mourinho is hurting the club.”This mess started when United sacked David Moyes after 8 months and we lost all sense of the values that the club had been built on for 100 years. It went into pinball, reactive mode and chasing it. No plan.””It’s not the manager it’s the lack of football leadership above him. They are bouncing all over the place with no plan,” Neville tweeted.United are already nine points behind crosstown rivals and league champions Manchester City, who went top this weekend when Chelsea and Liverpool drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.However, Nevill believes that unlike Moyes, United should avoid panicking and back Mourinho.By winning the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season, then finishing second in the Premier League last time, Mourinho improved on the unsuccessful managerial regimes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal that followed Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.advertisementSupporters have not appreciated the more pragmatic style of football, however, and tensions have been apparent with players such as the record 89 million pounds signing Paul Pogba.Neville’s former team mates Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes also expressed dismay at the current situation after the West Ham game.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)MUMBAI, India, November 17, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Mr. Pranav Rajesh Dake, owner of Zee Maharashtra Kushti Dangal’s Mumbai team – Mumbai Astra has regrettably been unable to meet the financial obligations towards Zee Maharashtra Kushti Dangal (ZMKD), its players and technicians. Mr. Dake had signed a term sheet for the maiden season of the ongoing Zee Maharashtra Kushti Dangal but unfortunately has not be able to honor the agreement. The Mumbai team however continues to be a part of ZMKD and would be participating in the ongoing championship.Conceptualised by Zee Talkies, Zee Maharashtra Kushti Dangal is a franchise-based format of wrestling, and the first of its kind event to be televised. The aim was to give this sport an unprecedented platform, akin to the exposure other Indian sports like Kabbadi & Cricket. Zee Talkies would be the first channel to host such an event in the state of Maharashtra between 2nd to 18th November, 2018 at the Balewadi Stadium, Pune with six teams participating in it. Inaugurated at the hands of Shri. Sharad Pawar, Head – Maharashtra Kushti Parishad and Mr. Amit Goenka, CEO – International Broadcast Business the tournament has received much love and support from celebrities like Sai Tamhankar, Nagraj Manjule, Swapnil Joshi, Sonali Kulkarni, Akash Thosar, Tanaji Galgunde, Salim Shaikh, Mansi Naik, Deepali Sayyed, Surekha Punekar, Siddharth Bodke etc. Besides, Mumbai Astra, other 5 participating teams and their owners are Veer Marathwada (Owner Nagraj Manjule), Kolhapuri Mavale (Sai Tamhankar), Vidharbhache Wagh (Owner Swapnil Joshi), Yashwant Satara (Owner Purushottam Jadhav), Puneri Ustad (Owner Shantaram Manave and Paritosh Painter) in this Wrestling Championship.advertisementSource: Zee Entertainment Enterprises LimitedPWRPWRlast_img read more

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first_imgRumours about the mid-range Pixel phone aka the Pixel 3 Lite are flooding the internet. On Monday, a photo of Pixel 3 Lite was leaked showing the phone kept next to the Pixel 3. The photo showed that compared to the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 Lite will sport much thicker bezels and come with Pixel 2-like design scheme. Now, some more pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite have surfaced online, which show the device placed next to several phones including the Google Pixel, the Pixel 3, and also iPhones like the new iPhone XS, iPhone XR and more.The newly leaked pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite show the phone next to several phones from Google, Apple and also Nokia. The Pixel 3 Lite seen in the images is a pre-production unit, and we say that because the typical Google brand logo seems to be missing from the back panel of the panel. The pictures go in line with the previous leaks and show the phone with single camera setup paired with single LED flash. Right below the rear camera setup there’s a circular shaped fingerprint sensor on the back panel.The pictures show the alleged Pixel 3 Lite white colour while the lock key appears in yellow, the volume keys, however, are painted in white. The newly leaked pictures show the Pixel 3 Lite next to Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS and iPhone XR. In one of the leaked pictures, the phone is also shown next to the old Nokia 8810 phone. The whole idea behind picturing the Pixel 3 Lite next to these phones is to show the design changes that Google is planning to bring to its mid-range Pixel.advertisementAs of now, Google hasn’t officially revealed the launch dates of the Pixel 3 Lite, but going by the rumours, the phone could go official sometime around January next year. Ahead of the launch, some of the key specs of the Pixel 3 Lite have also surfaced online. According to leaks and rumours just like the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, the upcoming mid-range Pixel phone will also run on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.Other rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to sport a 5.56-inch full-HD+ IPS display with resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone is either expected to be powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or the recently announced Snapdragon 710 SoC. Rumours also suggest that the Pixel 3 Lite will come in only one model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. On the camera front, the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to sport the same camera setup as the Pixel 3. This means that the phone will sport a 12-megapixel rear camera paired with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone could come with a 2,915mAh battery paired with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ support and 3.5mm headphone jack.ALSO READ: Pixel 3 Lite pictured again along with Pixel 3, launch possible in January 2019As of now, there are no official details regarding the price of the Pixel 3 Lite but rumours suggest that it could be priced around Rs 35,000 in India and stand against phones like OnePlus 6T.last_img read more

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first_imgCricket Australia (CA) XI scored 356/6, trailing by two runs at the end of the third day of the only warm-up game against India here on Friday.Harry Nielsen (56) and Aaron Hardie (69) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.Resuming the day at 24/0, Cricket Australia started the day on a positive note forging 114 runs for the first wicket.Overnight batsmen D Arcy Short (74) and Max Bryant (62) played brilliantly before Bryant was out in the 19th over.Apart from the opening duo, Jake Carder (38) and Sam Whiteman (35) also contributed with the bat.The disappointments of the day were Param Uppal (5) and Jonathan Merlo (3) who failed to score big.For India, Mohammed Shami scalped three wickets while Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with one wicket each.Earlier, on the second day, Cricket Australia (CA) XI were at 24/0 after India produced a disciplined batting performance.Promising opener Prithvi Shaw (66) along with skipper Virat Kohli (64), Ajinkya Rahane (56), Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Hanuma Vihari (53) and Rohit Sharma (40) started off positively. India were bowled out for 358 in 92 overs.The opening day was washed out due to rain.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of 1st Test against Australia due to ankle injuryAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw carried off the field with ankle injury in India’s Test warm-up matchAlso Read | Virat Kohli furious at run-out decision during warm-up game at SCGAlso Read | Virat Kohli steps in with the ball as India bowlers struggle in Test warm-uplast_img read more

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first_imgThere’s a vibe of a fresh start for India in the four-match series as the Boxing Day Test vs Australia approaches. New openers. Three changes. Back to spin. And both captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane stressing that the past results are in the past and everything is about what happens next.India started the series with a bang as they registered a 31-run win over Australia in Adelaide — a historic victory in the first Test of the series. However, by the second Test the Australians got into the act as well and they carved out a massive 146-run victory at Perth, with the Indian batting line-up looking much troubled.Experts called out for change and ouster of KL Rahul, who has been in a woeful form, and the Indian team management responded — Rahul, Murali Vijay and Umesh Yadav are at bench now while the playing XI included Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja.Mayank Agarwal after scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket has finally got a chance in the Indian team while Hanuma Vihari has been confirmed as his co-opener by chief selector MSK Prasad.Vihari to open? The 25-year-old has opened for Hyderabad in domestic cricket and the management sees in him enough technique to put him to face Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins with the new ball.Over the last year and a half, the Indian Test team has seen a lot of chopping and changing and one would hope that Agarwal gets a long rope at the top and a solid chance to prove himself. Vihari has already been termed as a “short-term fix” by Prasad and so, his place definitely lies in the middle order.advertisementRohit Sharma has been nothing but rocky but he will get another chance in Melbourne. He played the Adelaide Test that India won but failed to make the best of the opportunity he got and was dropped from the Perth Test. He is back in the team now though he has not been trusted with opening for the team and remains after Kohli in the batting order.In Pujara, Kohli and Rahane, India have a solid middle order and perhaps all that India depend on. While Pujara and Kohli have both scored a hundred in the Adelaide and Perth Test, respectively, Rahane is yet to reach the three-figure mark even as he has scored two half centuries. It will be crucial for India’s chances that Rahane finds it in him to prolong his innings and get those big scores.Ravindra Jadeja has also found a place in the playing XI after much controversy surrounding his injury. Injured or not, Jadeja will come in handy with both his bat and ball at the MCG.India pace unit is perhaps the most settled part of this team — Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have been good so far and India would need them to be even better.With the Boxing Day Test just half a day away, Kohli and Rahane have both insisted that India will go in with a fresh slate.”As a team, I don’t think whether you are 2-0 up or 2-0 down or 1-1, what’s happened in the past has no significance at all to what’s going to happen in the next two Tests or what’s going to happen in the next Test which is quite immediate,” Kohli said on the eve of the Test.A day ago, vice-captain Rahane had said, “We will now look at it as a two-Test series going ahead. We got a break after the first two Tests, which was very important because sometimes the intensity of the Test match is too much.”It is the Boxing Day Test – an iconic part of Australia’s cricketing history and one that has yielded exciting matches over the years. One would hope that come Wednesday, an exciting contest begins at the MCG in front of what Kohli expects an “80,000-plus” crowd.Also Read | Tim Paine and I don’t want to do something unnecessary, says Virat KohliAlso Watch | India raring to go with renewed viguour in 3rd Test vs Australia on Boxing DayAlso Read | Merry Christmas: Indian cricket stars spread Christmas cheer in Australialast_img read more

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first_img4th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*) at stumps, trail by 316 runs following on. Full ScorecardAustralia hit a new low in Test cricket on Sunday as they were asked to follow-on by Virat Kohli in the ongoing fourth Test on Sunday after the hosts got bowled out for 300 in their first innings to trail India by 322 runs at stumps in Sydney. India’s first innings lead is the fourth highest for the team outside Asia in Test cricket.Looking at India’s huge first-innings lead, Kohli had no hesitation in asking Australia to bat again and thus, became only the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to enforce the follow-on at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Kapil had taken the same decision in the Sydney Test back in 1986 and coincidentally, he had done it on the same date – January 6.It was the last day of the New Year Test in 1986 when Kapil asked Australia to bat again after India had declared on 600 for 4 in the first innings and then bowled out the hosts for 396 on the final day before asking them to follow-on. The match ended in a draw as Australia finished the day at 119 for 6.33 years later Kohli has repeated history but this time India has the chance to go on and win the match with a session and another day’s play left to be played. The Sydney weather might be the only factor which can come to Australia’s rescue.advertisementEngland were the last team to force Australia to follow-on at home in the drawn 1988 Sydney Test, a result the hosts are unlikely to repeat unless the weather intervenes. To put things in perspective, none of the players in the current Indian playing XI were even born back then.In fact, England was the last team to ask Australia to follow-on outside Australia, in the fourth Test of the Ashes series in 2005.With a first series win in Australia all but confirmed, India got the four remaining Australia wickets in 21 overs with Kuldeep Yadav completing his five-wicket haul after rain had delayed play for four hours on Sunday.Kuldeep Yadav’s first Test on Aussie soil and he collects a five-wicket haul!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/e29NWD6oyZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019Kohli then chose to enforce the follow-on as his team chases the prize of its first victory at the SCG since 1978.After the rain delay it took India just six balls to strike with Mohammed Shami (2-58) bowling Pat Cummins for 25 with a ball that kept low.Peter Handscomb added nine runs to his overnight score before he was bowled for 37 to become Jasprit’s Bumrah’s first wicket of the match and reduce Australia to 257-8.Tea has been called due to bad light. The third session is scheduled to commence at 16:03 if the light situation improves #TeamIndia #AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/E4c3SA7dVeBCCI (@BCCI) January 6, 2019Kuldeep (5-99) then trapped Nathan Lyon for no score.Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared an entertaining 42-run partnership for the last wicket to take Australia past 300 for just the second time this series, before Kuldeep got his fifth by having Hazlewood (21) out lbw in the 105th over. Starc finished on 29 not out.India denied Australia any real possibility of a victory here in Sydney by posting 622 for 7 in the first innings with Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159 not out) scoring hundreds.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 yearsAlso Read | Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant needs to bat at No. 6, he can convert starts into hundreds: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

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first_imgIndia will be battling to avoid a first limited-overs bilateral series defeat at home since the 2015-16 season when they face Australia in a must-win situation in the second T20I of the ongoing two-match series in Bengaluru on Wednesday.India were outclassed 2-1 in a three-match T20I series in New Zealand earlier this month but the Asian giants haven’t lost a limited-over series since losing an ODI and a T20I series to South Africa under MS Dhoni’s captaincy in 2015-16.India are in a do-or-die situation following their three-run defeat to Aaron Finch’s Australian team in the first T20I in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. After a poor batting show on a sluggish wicket at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium, India were beaten in a last-ball thriller. Virat Kohli’s men were able to manage only 126 runs from their quota of 20 overs.Comeback man KL Rahul slammed a fifty but it wasn’t enough as Australia gunned down the total despite a strong death-bowling performance from the India bowlers.Virat Kohli will be hoping to bounce back and clinch a series-levelling win in Bengaluru, which also serves as home to his Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli and Rohit Sharma suffered rare failures with the bat but all eyes will be on the middle order, which failed to get going in Visakhapatnam.With Rahul finding form, the Karnataka batsman is likely to retain his place but India may be tempted to give opener Shikhar Dhawan a go on Wednesday. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is likely to hold on to his spot in the middle order while all-rounder Vijay Shankar might get a nod in as his potential inclusion will boost the bowling line-up as well.advertisementNice and compact! Local lad @klrahul11 looks all set to fire in the 2nd T20I against Australia #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @Paytm pic.twitter.com/yChnFut2jVBCCI (@BCCI) February 26, 2019Training #MenInBlue sweat it out at the training session ahead of the final T20I against Australia#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/mBj7UgvgVKBCCI (@BCCI) February 26, 2019All eyes will be on MS Dhoni as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman struggled to get his timing right towards the end of the Indian innings in the first T20I. Dhoni, who has lauded for his match-winning efforts in Australia earlier this year, managed only 29 from 37 balls facing seven dot balls in the last two overs.It will be interesting to see if Kohli decides to drop Umesh Yadav after one bad day in the office. Umesh had conceded 14 runs in the final over after Jasprit Bumrah came up with a tidy 19th over, in which he picked up two wickets and conceded only two runs.We have not lost momentum: Krunal PandyaSpeaking to the press on the eve of the second T20I, all-rounder Krunal Pandya insisted that India haven’t lost momentum after the defeat in Visakhapatnam.”Tomorrow is a very important game as we are 0-1 down but I would not say that we have lost momentum. We lost the other night but we are not losing consecutive games. I am sure we will do well tomorrow,” Pandya said.It will be a huge result for us: Pat CumminsOn the other Australia, who have not been travelling well ever since they lost Steve Smith and David Warner to ball-tampering bans, will be keen on sealing the series and gaining confidence in the lead-up to the World Cup.”It (leading a series) has not happened for us in a while in an overseas series. Especially in a place like India which is so foreign to Australian conditions, against one of the best sides in the world. It will be a huge result for us, yeah. But we know will have to really play well to beat them tomorrow,” Australia’s premier pacer Pat Cummins said.Meanwhile, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is expected to offer a batting-friendly wicket on Wednesday. A Karnataka State Cricket Association official on Tuesday said that 180 would be par score during the second T20I.”The surface may not be as high scoring as an IPL game but will have plenty of runs. We are using a wicket which has not been used for more than two months, it was last used in Vijay Hazare Trophy,” the official said.Teams fromIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.advertisementAustralia: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | Pakistan ready to counter India over World Cup boycott issue at ICC meetAlso Read | MS Dhoni dazzles with wife Sakshi in new TV advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat CumminsAlso See:last_img read more

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first_imgSathiyan Gnanasekaran wants to be among the top 15 players in the world by the end of this year, but to achieve that, India’s top ranked paddler knows all too well that he has to work on his fitness to brave the grind in the coming months.”I am looking at top 15 by the end of 2019 if I can continue this form. I am knocking on the door of top 20,” the World No. 28 Sathiyan told IANS in an interview.”I need to step up my fitness levels as well to match up to the gruelling schedule ahead. That is something I need to work on if I have to get into the top 15,” the 26-year old said.Sathiyan booked a berth at the World Cup after finishing sixth in the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup held in Yokohama last week.The left-hander stunned World No. 14 Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong in positions 5-8 match before losing to 17-year-old Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei, who notched up a 11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 win to finish fifth.”It was a tiring tournament, playing such high quality matches. All the matches were like playing semi final and final. I will watch the videos and comeback with better show when I meet him (Yun-Ju) next time,” Sathiyan said.The next few months will be gruelling for Sathiyan with the World Table Tennis Championships, seven Pro Tours (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic), Ultimate Table Tennis League and the Commonwealth Championships all lined up before the World Cup, which is slated to be held in Chengdu, China from October 18 to 20.advertisement”I have the World Championships (April 21-1 in Budapest, Hungary) coming up. Then I have three weeks maybe in Chennai. Then I have seven pro tours, the Commonwealth Championships ..so it will be a tournament packed few months,” Sathiyan quipped.He further added that if he can do well in the World Championships, his ranking will shoot up.”I will have enough match practice before the World Cup. If I can do well in the World Championships, my world ranking will go up.”On areas he wants to improve on besides fitness, Sathiyan feels his serves and receives can get better.”I want to work on my serves and receives. I also want to improve on my backhand serves.”In January, Sathiyan reached a career-best world ranking of 28 which is the best ever ranking achieved by an Indian in singles.Also Read | Sakshi Malik aims for Asian Wrestling Championship goldlast_img read more

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first_imgDelhi Capitals suffered a massive blow on Friday as their premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is ruled out for the rest of the Indian Premier League 2019 season with a back injury.Kagiso Rabada has been called back home by Cricket South Africa for precautionary reasons ahead of the 2019 World Cup, which begins on May 30 with the tournament-opener between South Africa and hosts England.Rabada, who is the leading wicket-taker in the IPL this season with 25 wickets, had missed Delhi’s last match against Chennai Super Kings which they lost by 80 runs at the Chepauk on Wednesday.”It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It’s been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy,” Rabada said in a release.ANNOUNCEMENT @KagisoRabada25 to miss the rest of our season after being recalled by Cricket SA for precautionary reasons ahead of the World Cup.#ThankYouKagiso #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/eUARj0i2MvDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 3, 2019Kagiso Rabada, who had complained of a stiff back in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 28, had been captain Shreyas Iyer’s go-to bowler in their campaign so far and the South African speedster delivered each time he took the field for them.He played 12 matches for the Capitals and picked up his wickets at an average of 14.72 with two four-wicket hauls. Rabada played a pivotal role in Delhi Capitals’ march to their first play-offs after a gap of seven years.advertisementDelhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting termed the development as “unfortunate”.”It’s unfortunate that Rabada is having to leave us at this stage of the tournament. But I have full confidence in our team and I’m sure each and every member of this unit will step up to the occasion,” Ponting said.With 25 wickets in 12 matches, we thank our Protean death-over specialist for his services and wish him luck for the World Cup!#ThankYouKagiso #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitalsDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 3, 2019Delhi Capitals will play Rajasthan Royals in their last league match at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium here on Saturday.Also Read | Delhi Capitals and South Africa sweating over Kagiso Rabada’s injury scareAlso Read | IPL 2019: From name to fortune, Delhi Capitals script stunning turnaroundAlso Read | Kagiso Rabada is a wonderkid: Dale Steyn hails Delhi Capitals pacerlast_img read more

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first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore failed to qualify for the IPL playoffs for the third successive year but Virat Kohli said he was proud of the way his team fought after losing 6 matches in a row at the start of the 2019 Indian Premier League. RCB defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets to end a disappointing campaign on a high.Virat Kohli also paid a touching tribute to RCB’s fans who have been loyal to their team and supported them through a lean phase after finishing as runners-up in 2016. On April 2, the crowd at the Chinnaswamy stayed back in the anticipation of a game.The match was reduced to 5-overs-a-side but even that was washed out as the rain returned.Two men announced themselves to #VIVOIPL, one man redeemed himself with the winning shot for @RCBTweets #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/4YjoLbdhY7IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers had said sorry to RCB fans before their final match. Both men failed with the bat on Saturday but RCB rode on half-centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh to sign off with a consolation win.After the match, Virat Kohli spoke to the host broadcaster and thanked the crowd for their support.”I certainly feel your pain,” Kohli said. “Hats off to this crowd. They are the best fans in the IPL.”Virat Kohli said he was happy with the way Royal Challengers Bangalore played after the first half of the campaign. RCB were winless for the first 6 matches but finished the season with 5 wins from the next 8 matches.advertisement”If we focus on the second half, it is exactly what we wanted in the first half. We have a lot to learn from this season.”The first couple of things matters a lot. We were happy with the kind of cricket that we played in the second half. We haven’t finished in the position that we wanted to. But it has been that bad a season for us. We have won last 6 of our 7 matches.”We can be proud of the boys played in the final few matches,” Kohli said.Also Read | RCB stun SRH to end unsuccessful campaign with a winAlso Read | Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedAlso Read | Have learnt a lot from Kohli, de Villiers: Shimron Hetmyerlast_img read more

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first_imgA thumb injury to Shikhar Dhawan has thrown India’s 2019 WC plans in jeopardy as the opener seems set to be benched for 2-3 weeks. In his absence, KL Rahul is expected to share the responsibility of opening the innings with Rohit Sharma while another player from the squad takes the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up. India’s World Cup winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that the change at the top of the order will put Rohit under more pressure going forward.In an exclusive chat with India Today, Bhajji said that with his regular opening partner sidelined, Rohit will feel the added pressure to perform as he might feel a little bit more ‘responsibility’ to carry the team’s batting on his shoulders.”Well I don’t know if Rohit will be too worried but I think Shikhar’s absence will just add a little more responsibility on his shoulders to do even better. We will have to wait and watch how well he gels with Rahul. But Shikhar not being there will definitely end up putting more responsibility and pressure on Rohit’s shoulders to do better,” said Harbhajan.Legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar too felt that the understanding that Rohit and Shikhar have between them, especially regarding the running between the wickets, takes a long time to develop and thus as a batsman one always prefers to open with your regular partner.”When it comes to starting the innings, I think you do prefer somebody with whom you have opened before. In Rohit-Shikhar case there is never any hesitation in running between the wickets. They also know how to take the load off each other’s shoulders. That kind of understanding takes a long time to build. But I think Rohit will enjoy batting with KL and Rahul will learn a lot from Rohit who has already scored 23 ODI hundreds on how to pace the innings. In my opinion, they might be a bit tentative at the start but once they are through the initial period, they should be fine,” concluded Gavaskar.advertisementIndia are scheduled to clash against New Zealand on June 13 at Trent Bridge.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetAlso Read | India will dominate World Cup 2019 like Australia did in 2003, 2007: R Ashwinlast_img read more

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first_imgDespite the myriad claims on children’s attention spans reducing and the numerous distractions such as YouTube and Netflix, the reading habit has managed to stay alive. In fact, many children can look forward to a variety of books this summer.This is the considered opinion of a cross-section of children’s publishers and writers in Delhi, though warning notes are also being sounded. According to well-known children’s author Paro Anand, best known for The Other and Wild Child, the number of children reading has not decreased.”Despite the new internet distractions, when I go to schools for workshops to talk about books, the level of interaction and engagement is often quite phenomenal.” She adds that schools across India have shown great interest in author visits, and therefore reading.She describes how many students ask critical questions on books ranging from transgenders to bullying. Anand adds that children do not accept things at face value. Echoes Deepa Agarwal, author of more than 50 books including Caravan to Tibet, and Blessed, “The Internet actually enables children to find a wider choice of reading material. With the proliferation of websites such as Amazon and Flipkart, online forums, and other social media disseminating information about new titles and many literary festivals celebrating books are booming.”Anand agrees, saying “My book sales, and that of many others, are actually going up, and a lot of that is due to digital over the past 5-10 years. “Is it enough? No. But it has increased.”Agarwal adds, “Parents and educators are now more conscious of the benefits of leisure reading. And, because of the demand, publishers are bringing out a vast variety of titles. This translates to more choice in terms of genre. Trends in Indian children’s books have undergone a sea change. There is much more imaginatively written non-fiction, historical fiction, and mythology retold in engaging new styles, as well as sports stories and fiction that reflects the lives of children.”advertisementSharon Fernandes, author of The Mystery of The Missing Crown- A Goa Story, agrees, saying, “Kids are reading more regional stories, with local history and mythology thrown in to the mix.” She adds, “Young minds today love nuanced stories, more than what we give them credit for.”Harper Collins Children’s Books publisher, Tina Narang dwells on the impact of technology. “There’s a wider variety of books to choose from and greater access online, but there are also a greater number of distractions. The challenge today is not so much creating books as it is creating readers. But, that’s not to say that young readers are not charmed by books anymore.”Despite this generally optimistic stance, Vatsala Kaul Banerjee, Publisher of Hachette, Children, has a slightly different take. “Children in India tend to get their cues early from the adults around them and very often they are directed to read more non-fiction and reference books that, it is hoped, will translate into marks, prizes or enhance exam performance.”While this is certainly true, the fact is that children’s writing has come a long way in the past couple of decades. Acclaimed children’s writer Subhadra Sen Gupta, author of many books, including Lets Go Time Travelling, calls herself, “a battle-scarred veteran” in the area of children’s writing in India.According to her, it all began with a “magical magazine called Target [published by India Today]. It had an extraordinary editor, Rosalind Wilson, who was responsible for the move away from producing copies of Enid Blyton to doing more Indian stories.Sen Gupta adds, “Indian writing has evolved and it began with a change in the attitude of publishers. We were treated like bored housewives doing cutesy picture books about smiling crocodiles.”The trends in children’s writing in India are indeed encouraging. Sohini Mitra, associate publisher of Puffin, at Penguin Random House India, points to a new custom, which also enhances the reading habit.”There is a lot more focus on doing more parent-child books/activities where they are able to spend quality time together.” She goes on to add, “With a flourishing market for quality children’s books now, especially with so many fabulous new voices and ideas around us, we have a variety of children’s books these days -from edgy fiction to reference books that do not just aim to ‘educate’ kids.”As Anand says, “The bottom line is children want well-written and gripping books, beyond categorising of age groups and genres.” She concludes, “I for one refuse to be all gloom and doom about kidlit.”last_img read more

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first_imgWest Indies’ dim hopes of qualifying to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals officialy came to an end as they slumped to a 125-run defeat to India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday. West Indies Jason Holder held an uninspiring batting performance for the cause of the massive defeat.West Indies produced a disciplined show with the ball as their seam bowlers picked crucial wickets in the middle overs to give India reality check of existential dread surrounding their middle order. The bowlers were successful in restricting India to an achieveable total of 268.However, chasing the total, the West Indies big-hitters crumbled soon in frustration as a fiery India bowling unit did not give them much chance to score big. As a result, the carribean side were bundled out with more than 15 overs remaining in the game.”Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us,” Jason Holder said in a post match interview.”Batting was too inconsistent. Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting.”Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, West Indies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first 7 overs and the Windies never recovered from that early jolt. Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran looked to put their team on the road to recovery but Hardik Pandya dismissed Ambris to trigger a typical West Indies collapse.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Fan edits third umpire’s Wikipedia after controversial Rohit Sharma dismissalAlso Seelast_img read more