‘One of My Top Five Innings’ Says India’s Saviour Pujara

first_imgAdelaide: Rating his knock of 123 as one of his top five innings, Indian batting star Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday admitted that the top order should have batted better in the first innings of the opening Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval here.Pujara felt it was a decent total as the pitch was difficult to bat on.“I would say it is a decent total because there is enough turn,” Pujara said at the post match press conference.“Ashwin will also come into play. It is not an easy wicket to bat on. Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it doesn’t look like it is doing a lot but when I batted in the first and second sessions, I felt it wasn’t easy to bat on. I will share my experience of what line and length to bowl on this pitch with our fast bowlers.”“It is the grass. The odd ball is skidding on, and the odd ball is holding a bit more from the grass. I would say it is kind of a two-paced pitch, and it is not easy to bat on,” he added.Pujara faced 246 balls for his 123. He said it took him two sessions to figure out what shots he can play on such a surface, adding that is the reason the other batters around him should have applied themselves better.“To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls,” Pujara said.“The way they bowled, they bowled in the right areas. I also felt that our top order should have batted better, but they will learn from the mistakes and put up a better show in the second innings.“It is one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five,” Pujara said.“The way the team-mates appreciated it, they were saying it was one of the best.”Pujara had to struggle with a hamstring niggle as he accelerated with the tail for company, but it was a case of mind over matter in the end.“It was tough but I was set and I knew I could play my shots, especially when we lost the seventh wicket,” Pujara said. “Myself and Ash were having a good partnership but once we lost Ash, I thought I had to accelerate. I knew what shots I could play on that wicket because I had batted for two sessions, and I think it was tough it was considering the weather. It was quite hot, we are used to it in India but still…”“My leg got stuck into the pitch, and when I was trying to go for the second run, I had a little bit of a pull in my hamstring but I am going to consult the physio now,” Pujara said. “Hopefully it is not too bad.” IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Wimbledon Goes Digital with 2020 Ticket Ballot, Increase in Prize Money

first_imgFans will no longer need to use pen, paper and a stamped addressed envelope to apply for Wimbledon tickets after the grass-court showpiece announced an end to a 95-year tradition yesterday.The move to an online ballot from 2020 was among several changes confirmed by the All England Club on Tuesday.Prize money will increase by 11.8% this year, with the total pot at the Grand Slam standing at £38m. The men’s and women’s singles champions will win £2.35m, a rise of £100,000.Prize money for early-round losers will increase by more than 10%, while there is also a double-digit increase for men’s and women’s doubles.The new retractable roof over Court One will be in operation this year but the shot-clock – used at January’s Australian Open – will not be.But the device, which counts down the seconds allowed between points, is “very likely” to be introduced from 2020, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis told a news conference.Meanwhile, the wheelchair event has been expanded to include quad singles and doubles after a trial last year.This year’s grass-court Grand Slam runs from 1 to 14 July.Since 1924 Wimbledon has sold the majority of its tickets through a postal ballot, which requires fans to send a stamped addressed envelope to receive an application form, which they then need to post back to the All England Club to enter the ballot.The completed forms need to be returned by the end of the December before the July championships and fans cannot apply for specific dates or courts.The system is set to remain the same for the online application, just without the paper and stamps.The new online ballot does not affect the popular queue – where people often camp overnight to buy on-the-day tickets.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Liberian Entrepreneur Gets ‘Importation Right’

first_imgA Liberian entrepreneur, Abraham E. Bah, has duly obtained ‘importation right’ of Indonesian products in Liberia.Mr. Bah was certified to also distribute and market 16 Indonesian food and non-food products, which include antibacterial medicated soaps, sports soaps, energy and stamina plus drinks, juices and coffee of high-standard qualities.An importation right is the legal ability to import a product into a certain country. Importation means “bringing goods from one country to another.”The brands of the products are Hemaviton, Floridina, Medibath, Olive, ABC and Kapri.Speaking to reporters at a news conference yesterday, Mr. Bah said he also supervises the importation of the products in four countries, namely; Sierra Leone, Guinea, the Gambia and Senegal.He told journalists that the Indonesian products are of high quality, for example the Medibath antibacterial medicated soap contains TCC, which functions as antiseptic, and citronella oil as primary mosquito repellant.“TCC is a typical component that has been scientifically tested as effective for sanitizing skin, while citronella is particularly useful for fending off mosquitoes, yet they are safe and harmless for human skin,” Mr. Bah said.According to the Liberian entrepreneur, the whole sales of these products are at the Afrindo Business International Incorporated, situated at the Tweh Farm community, adjacent the Gbapolu County car parking.This is the first Liberian to be certified to import Indonesian products into the Liberian economic and also serve as liaise between the manufacturing company and four other African countries.Meanwhile, apart from having the importation right of the Indonesia products, Mr. Bah is also the owner of the multi-shopping and market center, which comprised of 49 stores, a market building, parking lot known as the Gbapolu Parking Center amongst others.The multi-shopping center was constructed and dedicated June 2011.Speaker to our Business Desk, over 20 Liberians yesterday expressed their thanks and appreciation to Mr. Bah for the multi-shop and market center, which has provided jobs for them and other Liberians.According to Mariama Siryon, a chicken seller, she stated that over 200 persons are benefiting from the market, while Jerome Johnson disclosed that 49 family heads benefit from the storage facilities besides the money changers, internet café and drivers, who are also beneficiaries.“We will be forever grateful to Mr. Bah for this venture,” Madam Nancy Nah, one of the petite traders using Bah’s storage facility, said.“My aim is to create more jobs and take people from poverty and also make available conditions that will not just meet our people’s needs but improve their lives,” said Mr. Abraham Bah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more