Team India should give Dhoni, Pandya license to attack: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgTeam India should give Dhoni, Pandya license to attack: Harbhajan SinghHarbhajan Singh feels India should let MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya bat the way they want to at the 2019 ICC World Cup and added that the attacking approach will help the team’s chances.advertisement Press Trust of India undefinedMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 18:11 IST Harbhajan Singh feels Team India should let MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya attack from the start (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh said India should let MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya bat attacking from the startIndia “should give MSD and Hardik Pandya the licence to bat the way they want to,” said HarbhajanHarbhajan though said he is a bit worried about the number 4 and 6 slots going into the World CupMahendra Singh Dhoni’s six-hitting prowess is still intact and the Indian team management must give him the license to attack from the word go during the World Cup, suggests senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.A trend shows that Dhoni has been taking the game deep before going for a final assault but his one-time national and current CSK teammate wants him to go back to his big-hitting ways.”I feel he is at his best when he hits from the onset. Some of his best innings have come when he started the onslaught straightaway. I feel the team management should give him and Hardik Pandya the licence to bat the way they want to. No restrictions, only go for the jugular at No 5,” Harbhajan told PTI during an interview.For Harbahajan, top-order batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul can build the innings, so Dhoni has the freedom to attack.But what about his problems in the middle overs when spinners like Mitchell Santner or Nathan Lyon will be operational?”That exactly is my point. The Dhoni of the old would hit a six off the second ball off any spinner and those are big sixes. He should and can still do it as I have seen at the CSK nets. Uske chhakkon mein bahot jaan hai (He still hits mighty sixes),” said the member of the victorious 2011 World Cup squad.Harbhajan wants Dhoni to have the same intimidating presence that he and Virender Sehwag had some during their best years of international cricket.advertisement”I can tell you how a bowler’s mind works. Suppose I am bowling to Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in tandem, I would be more worried about KP than Bell. I could bowl a couple of dot balls to KP but he had the ability to take me on. Bell on the other hand would push for singles. Dhoni like KP can intimidate bowlers. He has that effect,” said one of India’s greatest spinners.On the team front, Harbhajan said that there is a bit of worry about the number 4 and 6 slots going into the World Cup.”I don’t see anyone except for KL Rahul fitting into that No. 4 slot. So that’s a bit of a worry and also No 6 slot where Kedar Jadhav will play. I hope that Jadhav gets fully fit before the South Africa game (June 5) as it is a very important slot,” said the member of the two-time World championship winning team.Apart from world’s best batsman Virat Kohli, the other game changer for India would be Jasprit Bumrah.”Sachin Tendulkar called him world’s best fast bowler at the moment. Indeed he is, for the impact he has created. If you take Bumrah out of that India line-up, it’s like you rip a heart out of the body. He is that precious. He is your Virat Kohli of Indian bowling,” said Harbhajan.Harbhajan’s four semi-finalists are India, Australia, England and New Zealand.Asked why no West Indies or Pakistan, the veteran off-spinner opined, “I am not saying they can’t but New Zealand is a team that does well in big events. Best part of that set up is their boys do the basics well on a consistent basis. That makes a huge difference in a big event,” he concluded.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly among 3 Indian commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019Also Read | All-rounders will have a say in 2019 ICC World Cup: Clive LloydFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Team IndiaFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

As temperatures drop asylumseekers on Greek islands need to be moved to

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), transfers of asylum-seekers from the islands to the mainland are allowed only after people have completed a registration process or in cases of particular vulnerability.“Slowness in registration or identifying vulnerable individuals and, previously, a shortage of suitable spaces on the mainland have been factors delaying moves,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for UNHCR told the media at a regular bi-weekly briefing in Geneva today.“Among other things this has contributed to serious overcrowding of facilities built for far fewer people, and increased protection risks,” he added.The situation is particularly concerning on the islands of Samos, Chios and Lesvos.The UN agency and its partners have distributed thermal blankets, sleeping bags, winter protection kits and heating fuel, installed electric heaters and insulation, and set up heated Rubb halls – large, relocatable tent-like structures often used in situations of emergency.It is clear that people would be better off on the mainland and should be moved there more quickly and in larger numbers“[However] it’s clear that people would be better off on the mainland and should be moved there more quickly and in larger numbers,” noted the UNHCR spokesperson.He further explained that over the Christmas to New Year period in 2016, the agency completed winter preparations for all sites assigned to it by Greek authorities and is finishing additional infrastructure upgrades elsewhere.In total it has created some 21,000 accommodation places in apartments, with host families, or in other buildings. 700 places have been also found for unaccompanied children in dedicated structures. Urgency of relocating asylum-seekers to other countriesAlso at the briefing today, the UN refugee agency reminded European Union (EU) countries of the continued need to help resolve the situation in Greece through relocating asylum-seekers to other countries.It noted that as of 4 January, only 7,760 asylum-seekers had left Greece or were scheduled to leave under the EU Relocation Mechanism agreed in late 2015.“This represents around 12 per cent of the 66,400 agreed and is unacceptably low,” said Mr. Edwards, adding:“UNHCR appeals to EU Member states to respect their previous commitments and offer additional spaces without further delay.”Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for UNHCR, highlighting the challenges on the Greek islands read more