Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squad

first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 23:52 IST Rishabh Pant had a successful Test tour of Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh backs MS Dhoni to regain his form in the ongoing ODI series in AustraliaDhoni made a slow 51 from 96 balls in India’s 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI”Pant’s inclusion will strengthen India’s batting line-up,” Harbhajan saidIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni ‘s dismissal was the turning point in India’s 34-run loss to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9. (Full Scorecard)Harbhajan Singh has batted for wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant inclusion in the Indian ODI team and has also backed MS Dhoni to regain his form. MS Dhoni made a slow 51 from 96 balls in India’s 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI, sparking debate about his current form.Chasing 289 for a win, India were at one stage reduced to 4 for 3 before Rohit, who scored his 22nd ODI hundred, and Dhoni put on a 137-run partnership for the fourth wicket.Dhoni was unlucky as the ball that trapped him in front had pitched outside the line of the leg stump but the wicketkeeper-batsman consumed too many deliveries during his stay at the crease.”After you lose three early wickets, the middle order’s first motive is to revive the innings. Dhoni did well in that aspect but when we thought he would accelerate he lost his wicket. Rohit Sharma was under tremendous pressure after that,” Harbhajan told Sports Tak.”Rohit needed support from the other end and Dhoni’s presence at the crease would have made the difference.”Harbhajan said the day Dhoni finds his mojo back all the issues relating to India’s middle-order will be sorted.”India have potential in the middle order. We can’t say Rayudu and Dhoni don’t have potential. Dhoni has won many matches for India in the past. Yes, he has struggled in the recent past and I feel he must get back to form. The way he batted in the IPL 2018 was brilliant. He needs to get that form back and the day he does that, I don’t think we will need to worry a lot about the middle order. He needs to shift his gear and the day he does that the middle order issues will be sorted,” he said.advertisementHarbhajan further praised Rishabh Pant and said India must include the power-hitter in the side.”Rishabh Pant has that X-factor in him, which Adam Gilchrist had. He has the potential to hit six sixes…I am not talking about six sixes in an over but if he plays 30 balls he has the ability to hit at least six sixes, which can be game-changing.”I think Rishabh Pant is a must in the Indian team because if we lose three early wickets, we need to have a power-hitter lower down the order. I think his inclusion will not only strengthen India’s batting line-up but also fix the middle-order issues,” he said.The second ODI between India and Australia will be played at Adelaide while the third and final match of the series will be played in Melbourne.Also Read | Did MS Dhoni’s slow half-century cost India the Sydney ODI vs Australia? Also Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Not pleased with the way we played in Sydney, says Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Rishabh PantFollow Harbhajan Singh Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Harbhajan Singh has batted for wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant inclusion in the Indian ODI team and has also backed MS Dhoni to regain his form.advertisementlast_img read more

UN relief agency launches 117 million appeal to help Palestine refugees

Responding to deteriorating conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip following 16 months of strife, closures and sanctions, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today appealed for $117 million for its emergency operations this year.”In an environment of such political uncertainty and instability, it is our hope and expectation that the international community will respond generously to this appeal,” said UNRWA Commissioner General Peter Hansen. “In so doing, the world can show its concern for those who have been injured and disabled, the families who have lost their breadwinner or their home and the children who have been traumatized by the daily violence that blights their lives.” UNRWA will use the emergency funding to provide food aid, medical care and work programmes for 1.4 million refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory.According to the Agency, with 72 permanent Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank and 9 in Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have lost their livelihoods because of closures imposed on their communities. The destruction of agricultural crops has added to the hardship, and fully half the population is now living in acute poverty, with that figure rising to 65 per cent in Gaza.UNRWA plans to distribute $26 million worth of food aid to 217,000 of the very poorest families in the West Bank and Gaza. An additional $55 million will be allotted to emergency work schemes. For 40,000 of the most desperate households – often those with no breadwinner – UNRWA will distribute cash, clothing and other in-kind assistance.Responding to the violence which has claimed hundreds of lives – and injured thousands more – UNRWA will spend $4.3 million on emergency medical supplies, supporting mobile health teams for the West Bank and other badly-needed clinical services. The Agency has also earmarked $5 million on compensatory education for 108,000 pupils, trauma counselling, university grants and other emergency educational needs.In the Gaza Strip, over 4,500 refugees had been made homeless by the demolition of their shelters and thousands more have seen their shelters badly damaged, according to UNRWA, which plans to spend $7.6 million emergency repair and reconstruction work this year. read more