3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squad

first_img Akshay Ramesh MumbaiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 17:20 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: Vijay Shankar has been backed to be India’s No. 4 at the quadrennial tournament in England and Wales (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar has got the backing to play at No. 4 for India at the World CupIt’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar: MSK PrasadIndia announced a 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup in Mumbai on MondayIndia’s selection committee chairman MSK Prasad on Monday explained the rationale behind preferring Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu for the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up at the 2019 World Cup. Prasad said Shankar’s ability to contribute with the bat, the ball and on the field worked in his favour.While most of the squad was expected to pick itself, the major talking point ahead of the India squad selection on Monday centered around the No. 4 spot. India have tried close to 10 batsmen with very little success at the crucial batting position since the 2017 Champions Trophy.The uncertainty around the No. 4 spot was so much so that head coach Ravi Shastri hinted Virat Kohli may drop from No. 3 to No. 4 during the World Cup in England and Wales, starting May 30.However, Vijay Shankar’s impressive performances with the bat gave India a bit of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.”After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with,” MSK Prasad said.Prasad also hinted India may try Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav at the No.4 spot if the need arises while insisting that KL Rahul will be a back-up opener in the initial stages of the tournament.India begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 and will play nine matches in the round-robin group stages.”We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar. To begin with KL will be reserve opener, if need arises the team management will take a call.”advertisementVijay Shankar was handed an India recall in Hardik Pandya’s absence during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Coming back into the team after a forgettable performance in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh last year, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Having batted higher-up the order in the T20Is against New Zealand, Shankar showcased he is more than handy with the bat. The 28-year-old grabbed eyeballs when he hit a well-paced 45 in India’s 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in Wellington after a second successive top-order failure. In the three T20Is, Shankar smashed 84 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.55.On the hand, Ambati Rayudu had received the backing of Virat Kohli for the middle-order role at the World Cup as early as August 2018 after some impressive performances in a home series vs West Indies.However, his performances in 2019 have dipped. Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87. Rayudu has been struggling to get going in IPL 2019 as well. The CSK batsman has scored just 138 runs from 8 matches at a paltry average of 19.71.Also Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | India team for 2019 World Cup named: Rayudu and Pant fail to make cut, Dinesh Karthik includedAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ambati RayuduFollow Rishabh PantFollow Virat Kohli 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAfter a series of trial and errors, India have zeroed in on Vijay Shankar for the No. 4 spot at the 2019 World Cup. Chief selector, MSK Prasad while announcing the squad in Mumbai on Monday, explained the decision to leave out Ambati Rayudu who had received captain Virat Kohli’s backing a few months agoadvertisementlast_img read more

World must do more to tackle shadowy mercenary activities undermining stability in

Bolster legal regimes, globally and nationally, including the 1989  International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries. “From antiquity to the medieval era to the present-day, those who fight for financial reward or other material compensation have been a near constant on the battlefield”, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Council, noting that the shadowy nature of mercenary activities has evolved over the years. “Today they are exploiting and feeding off other ills such as transnational organized crime, terrorism and violent extremism”, he told the meeting, which was convened by Equatorial Guinea, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month.Their activities in Africa require “work across the spectrum”, Mr. Guterres stated, “from prevention to prosecution, and from mitigating the impacts of mercenary activities to addressing the root causes that give rise to them”.He zeroed-in on mercenary activities in the Sahel, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea and emphasized specific actions needed to resist their scourge, including strengthening legal regimes and frameworks. Mr. Guterres vowed that the UN Regional Office for Central Africa and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa would continue to help advance the African Union’s ‘Silencing the guns by 2020’ agenda.He pointed to the importance of cooperation, such as mixed border commissions, joint border security monitoring mechanisms and intelligence-sharing between national defense forces, highlighting as “vital”, strategic partnership between the UN, African Union (AU), Economic Community of Central Africa States and region countries.He also said it was critical to create opportunities for youth to reduce “the lure of mercenaries and the threat of radicalization” – underscoring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help with this and more.He concluded with the UN’s promise of continued support in “tackling mercenary activities”. African Union Commission Chair calls for bolstered international support to tackle scourge Speaking via teleconference from Addis Ababa, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, recalled since the 1960s, the continent’s history has been “punctuated by the of involvement of mercenaries in activities of destabilization, including coups, interventions in armed conflicts and attempts to seize control of natural resources in the countries concerned” – endangering the harmonious development of African States.While efforts have been made over the years to combat the scourge, mercenaries persist.  UN Photo/Cia PakTeodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and President of the Security Council for the month of February, chairs the Council meeting on threats to international peace and security.“It is clear that we have to strengthen international instruments as they relate to this phenomenon”, he maintained.Moreover, Mr. Faki Mahamat said he “could not stress enough” the need for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in countries emerging from conflict.He concluded by calling for “increased international support”.,For his part, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea, said that after more than 50 years of independence, most African countries have yet to know peace or socioeconomic development, “despite the great economic potential they have in natural resources”.“Africa remains the least developed continent” he attested, calling mercenaries one of “the potential causes of this delay”.Mr. Mbasogo spoke of five different attempts in his own country over the last quarter century, with the last attempt thwarted by Angola, Zimbabwe and Cameroon.Speaking on behalf of Rwandan President Paul Kigami, Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera also underscored Africa’s history of mercenaries, saying they have “presented a grave threat to the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity of Member States”.,UN chief recommends actions to combat mercenaries: Increase bilateral, regional and international cooperation, with a focus on border management to stem the flow of weapons and foreign armed actors throughout Central Africa.  Examine the political, economic, social and psychological factors that promote mercenary activities, such as exclusion, poor governance, inequitable public services and no protection for minorities and other vulnerable groups.,He recounted the 1977 definition of mercenaries, which he said “may no longer be adequate to describe” today’s activities “of the worrying increase of transboundary criminal networks…many connected to global terrorist networks”.Rwanda is no stranger to the scourge.“Today, mercenaries are not only involved in active combat, we now see an increase in cyber attacks and industrial espionage carried out by mercenary groups within the comfort of their own homes”, he said.As they continue to evolve and innovate, he argued: “We should not be static in our response” but update existing legal instruments to meet the unfolding challenges. read more