Pant should play 2019 World Cup, New Zealand T20Is great opportunity for him: Harbhajan

first_imgIndia off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh has insisted that Rishabh Pant should be part of India’s squad for the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.Harbhajan said the upcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand provides the young wicketkeeper-batsman a good opportunity to showcase what he can offer to the team and seal a spot in India’s 15-member squad for the quadrennial showpiece event.Harbhajan opined that Pant can bat at No. 3 in the absence of captain Virat Kohli, who is rested for the final leg of India’s long overseas season, so that the big-hitting batsman can make use of the fielding restrictions in the first six overs.Pant had rejoined the senior national team earlier this week in New Zealand. Despite the return of veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who is back in the T20I set up after missing the series against the West Indies at home and Australia, Pant is likely to make the playing XI.”I would love to see him [Pant] bat in the top order. He is someone… if he gets going, he can get you a lot of runs. Maybe, No.3 position could be for Pant since Virat is not there. If he gets to bat inside the first six overs, I think he can do a lot of damage to their bowling attack,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today on the eve of the first T20I in Wellington.”I think he is someone who should be part of the World Cup squad. He is a match-winner on his day. I think, India would need his services at some point of time at the World Cup. The best position for him to bat is No.3 if Virat is not there. This is a great opportunity for him to show what he can bring to the table,” the veteran off-spinner added.advertisementWelcome to the T20 format. What would you call this shot from @RishabPant777 #TeamIndia #NZvIND (@BCCI) February 5, 2019Pant was in fantastic form during India’s historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia. The wicketkeeper-batsman overtook Virat Kohli and finished as the second highest Indian run scorer in the four-Test series with 350 runs at 58.33.However, much to the surprise of quite a few, Pant, who is known for his big-hitting skills, was omitted from the limited-over series in Australia and the recently-concluded ODI series in New Zealand.Nonetheless, chief selector MSK Prasad and head coach Ravi Shastri had confirmed that Pant was not dropped and that youngster is still in India’s World Cup plans. Pant though played a couple of List A matches for India A against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram last month in the lead up to the T20I series in New Zealand.Meanwhile, India opener Shikhar Dhawan backed Rishabh Pant to grab his opportunities in the T20I series against New Zealand.”Pant is an aggressive batsman and he can take the game away from the opposition in a very short time. He is great asset for our team and I am sure he will avail this opportunity with both hands,” Dhawan had told the media in Wellington on Tuesday.Also Read | This Indian team has shoved the word overseas into a bin: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav will be our number one spinner in overseas Tests now: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | How about ironing your uniform: Rohit Sharma trolls Yuzvendra ChahalAlso See:last_img read more

Fans Reportedly Pissed As Baltimore Ravens Consider Signing Colin

Colin Kaepernick has seemingly been blackballed by the NFL over his national anthem protest last season.(Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Sport)Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti confirmed Sunday, July 30, that the team is still weighing its options for a new quarterback, with blacklisted footballer Colin Kaepernick among the list of potential candidates.The news didn’t go over so well with some Ravens fans, however.NFL Network analyst Micheal Silver tweeted that the team “has heard from numerous fans regarding Kaepernick in the last couple of days, many staunchly opposed to his signing,” an unsurprising response following the free agent’s controversial national anthem protest last year.To the displeasure of so-called “patriots” and die-hard football fans, Kaepernick utilized his platform to speak out against state-sanctioned violence and racial injustices faced by Black people in America. Now, some of the Ravens’ fans are doing all they can to make it clear they don’t want him signed by the Baltimore-based team — or any NFL team, for that matter.Fans issued a similar response earlier this year when the New York Giants announced it was considering the former San Francisco 49er for a spot on the team. The idea was quickly shot down by fans, however.“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Giants co-owner John Mara told Sports Illustrated in May. ” ‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game,’ [the fans wrote]. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot.”“It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into,” Mara continued.Though Bisciotti is still considering Kaepernick for his team, the owner said he isn’t quite sure that the quarterback will help the Ravens pull out more wins.“We are monitoring Joe [Flacco and his back injury],” Bisciotti at a recent NFL fan forum. “We’ve talked to Joe about it. We are monitoring [backup Ryan] Mallett and keeping our door open. We’ve talked about RG3 [Robert Griffin III] and bringing him in for a workout.“We’re trying to figure what’s the right tact,” he added. “Pray for us.”ESPN reported that the Ravens have discussed the possibility of bringing Kaepernick on with both current and former players — including Ray Rice, who was once charged with double murder. On a Monday morning edition of “Undisputed,” Lewis and host Shannon Sharpe passionately debated whether or not signing Kaepernick would hurt the Ravens’ brand.The retired Raven contended that the issues of police brutality and racial injustice aren’t the fight of the NFL and its owners, and should be a non-issue in such an arena. Sharpe strongly [email protected] and @ShannonSharpe passionately debate the Ravens considering to sign Colin Kaepernick.— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 31, 2017Linebacker Terrell Suggs, the Ravens’ longest-tenured player, told the sports network he would be accepting of Kaepernick if he was picked up by the team.“Hell yeah, if he’s going to help us win,” Suggs said. “We have no issues. Not in the locker room. Hell yeah, we want him.” read more

Fresh sexual harassment suit against USAs iGATE

first_imgUS-based outsourcing firm iGATE has been slapped with yet another sexual harassment suit by an ex-employee, claiming that she was sexually abused by the firm’s Legal Head and her supervisor.Karetha Dodd, a US national, has sued iGATE and her supervisor Mukund Srinath on charges of sexual harassment at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in September last year. Dodd has also alleged that she was targeted at iGATE after she testified against its then CEO Phaneesh Murthy who was accused of sexually harassing Investor Relations Head Araceli Roiz. In her complaint, Dodd has alleged that “she was subjected to harassing behaviour by her superior (Srinath) and when Plaintiff (Dodd) refused to have a sexual relationship with him, he retaliated by taking negative employment actions against her.” According to her LinkedIn profile, Dodd worked at iGATE as Vice President and Head of Legal (Americas) and resigned in August 2013.last_img read more

Safeguard tattoos from summer evils

first_imgSummer season is the perfect time to flaunt your tattoo in sleeveless tees, shorts and beachwear. However, with the scorching sun, it becomes all the more important to take care of your tattoo and the skin. After all, you don’t want to be attacked by skin infections, allergies and heat rashes.Rohit Batra, dermatologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Vivek Mehta, dermatologist at Pulastya’s Cadle Skin Laser Clinic, Neha Mittal, aesthetic and cosmetic physician at Dermaworld Skin and Hair Clinics, suggest how to protect tattoos during summer: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShowing off the tattoo is one of the key reasons for getting a tattoo done but at the same time it is also the main cause that it fades away. The sun’s UV rays will quickly reduce the beauty of the tattoo, making it appear dull, resulting in colour spreading or scarring.Therefore, sun protection is important. Apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or above) generously on the tattoo. Make sure that you do this soon after you get inked. Ten to 14 days after getting a tattoo done, limit your sun exposure and apply sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNo matter how difficult it is, control your urge to flaunt your tattoo for at least initial days of recovery in order to avoid any kind of infection. Scarring, sunburn and skin problems like Melanoma are other issues that may affect your skin.Avoid bathtubs, hot water and ocean or pool water as they may contain a harmful chemical which might cause irritation, allergy or other skin issues.It is quite normal to feel itchy and sensitive on the area of the tattoo especially after a few days of a new tattoo. Therefore, use a moisturiser with an anti-oxidant formula.last_img read more