Think this is going to be Mayank Agarwal’s year in the IPL: R Ashwin

first_imgThink this is going to be Mayank Agarwal’s year in the IPL: R AshwinKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin heaped praise on Mayank Agarwal after the India Test opener smashed a quickfire 43 in their 8-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their IPL 2019 match in Mohali on Saturday No data available! view more view less India Today Web Desk MohaliMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 22:29 IST IPL 2019: Mayank Agarwal has started the new season on a high (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMayank Agarwal smashed a match-winning 43 from just 21 balls vs MI in MohaliI just hope he goes on from strength to strength from here on: R Ashwin on Mayank AgarwalPlaying for India has also given me a lot of confidence, a different outlook: Mayank AgarwalKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin has backed young Mayank Agarwal to have a brilliant year in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Agarwal smashed a 21-ball 43 that helped KXIP gun down a 177-run target with ease against Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Saturday. | Report | Highlights |Ashwin pointed out that Mayank Agarwal hasn’t been lucky when it comes to IPL but added that the India Test opener will continue the good run after some impressive performances at the international level.Agarwal, who has been scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket over the years, hasn’t managed to grab the limelight in IPL cricket over the years. Barring the 2012 edition, Agarwal hadn’t even played the full seasons for the teams he represented in the past. Agarwal had an ordinary season for KXIP in IPL 2018 as he had managed just 120 runs in 11 matches.However, Agarwal has made a strong start to IPL 2019 as he has already collected 123 runs in three matches.”I just hope he goes on from strength to strength from here on. He has had a fabulous year. He’s been striking the ball really well. I think he’s been a touch unlucky when it comes to the IPL. But, I think this is going to be his year,” Ashwin said on Saturday.Playing for India has given me a different outlook: Mayank AgarwalAgarwal also opined that the experience that he had gained from playing Tests for India is helping him deal with difficult situations in the IPL. Notably, Agarwal made his Test debut for India in the Boxing Day Test last year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and shone with the bat in India’s historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia.advertisement”It’s a great feeling to get two points on the board. Very, very important to win the first home game and I hope we can create some momentum now. It is very pleasing. The year I have had has given me a lot of confidence. Playing for India has also given me a lot of confidence, a different outlook. With that outlook when I am playing the IPL, it makes things a lot easier,” Agarwal said.He added: “I need to find ways to win games for the team. If I am batting at No. 3 and if we are batting first, we need to take the game as long as possible. If I am chasing, I need to finish games for the side, which I didn’t do today.”Captain Ashwin, meanwhile stressed that Kings XI Punjab need to be more hard on themselves when it comes to containing oppositions in Mohali keeping in mind that dewy conditions in the evening.KXIP restricted Mumbai Indians to just 176 on Saturday despite a strong start from openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. M Ashwin and R Ashwin shone with the ball as the two spinners put the brakes on MI’s scoring rate.”Of course, if you had to be hard, we gave 10 runs more than what we should have because that’s the way we see it and hopefully we can correct all those things going forward. There is due in the ground when the night falls here. So we have to be hard on ourselves,” Ashwin added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Krunal Pandya wins respect after Mankad warning to KXIP’s Mayank AgarwalAlso See:For 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 Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Mayank AgarwalFollow R AshwinFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019 scorecardcenter_img graphs advertisement commentarylast_img read more

Theresa May A prime minister defined and defeated by Brexit

LONDON — Theresa May became prime minister in 2016 with one overriding goal: to lead Britain out of the European Union.Three years on, the U.K. is still in the EU, and May’s time in 10 Downing St. is ending. She announced Friday that she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7, remaining as caretaker prime minister during a party leadership contest to choose her successor.She will be remembered as the latest in a long line of Conservative leaders destroyed by the party’s divisions over Europe, and as a prime minister who failed in her primary mission. But history may also see her as a leader who faced a devilishly difficult situation with stubborn determination.The daughter of a rural Anglican vicar, May attended Oxford University and worked in financial services before being elected to Parliament in 1997.She was quiet and diligent, but also ambitious. One university friend later recalled that May hoped to be Britain’s first female prime minister, and “was quite irritated when Margaret Thatcher got there first.”She was not a natural political campaigner; her stiff public appearances as prime minister landed her the nickname “The Maybot.” Her only touches of flamboyance are a fondness for bold outfits and accessories like brightly patterned kitten-heel shoes.But she soon established a reputation for solid competence and a knack for vanquishing flashier rivals.May served for six years in the notoriously thankless job of home secretary, responsible for borders, immigration and law and order. In 2016, she beat flashier and better-known politicians, including Brexit-backer Boris Johnson — now the favourite to succeed her — to become Britain’s second female prime minister, after Margaret Thatcher.May was the surprise winner of a Conservative leadership contest triggered when Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down after voters rejected his advice to remain in the EU, instead voting 52%-48% to leave.In her first speech as prime minister in July 2016, May sketched out plans for an ambitious policy agenda. She spoke of giving the poor a helping hand and lifting barriers to social mobility.But Brexit soon crowded out almost all other policies.Like Cameron, May had campaigned to remain, but in office she became a champion of Brexit. “Brexit means Brexit” became her mantra — a meaningless one, said her detractors, as it emerged that undoing 45 years of ties with the bloc would be a fraught and complex process.Attempting to win the support of Conservative Brexiteers suspicious of her past pro-EU leanings, May set out firm red lines in negotiations with the EU: Britain would leave the bloc’s single market and customs union and end the right of EU citizens to live and work in the U.K.For a time, May’s resolve helped her unite the warring factions of her party, which for decades has been divided over policy toward Europe.But she then gambled on a snap election in June 2017, in an attempt to bolster her slim majority in Parliament and strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with the EU.The move backfired. May ran a lacklustre campaign on a platform that included plans to cut benefits to pensioners and change the way they pay for long-term care — quickly dubbed a “dementia tax.” The Conservatives lost their majority, and May had to strike a deal with 10 lawmakers from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power.The DUP’s support became a complication when the border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland emerged as a major issue in Brexit negotiations. The unionist party strongly opposed special measures to ensure the border remained free of customs posts and other barriers, worrying they might weaken the bonds between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.May pressed on and in November 2018 struck a divorce agreement with the EU, setting out the terms of Britain’s departure and establishing a transition period of almost two years for the two sides to work out their future relations.All that remained was for the British and European Parliaments to ratify it. And that is where May’s best-laid plans came undone.Her careful compromise of an agreement was rejected by both sides of the Brexit debate. Brexiteers felt it gave too much away and left Britain bound to EU rules. Pro-EU lawmakers wanted a softer Brexit that kept close economic ties to the bloc. In January, May’s deal was rejected by 230 votes, the biggest government defeat in British parliamentary history.Whatever her flaws, May was no quitter. Late last year she likened herself to Geoffrey Boycott, a cricketer who was famous for his dull but effective batting style.“Geoffrey Boycott stuck to it and he got the runs in the end,” she said.She tried again to get her Brexit deal approved, losing by 149 votes. A third attempt narrowed the margin of defeat to 48.She tried talks with the Labour Party about securing a compromise, but managed only to further alienate her own lawmakers with her concessions to the opposition. A promise to let Parliament vote on whether to hold a new EU membership referendum was the final straw.By this time, a growing number of Conservatives had concluded that May was the problem and would have to leave before Brexit could be sorted out.But she resisted the pressure, planning instead to try for a fourth time by bringing a withdrawal agreement bill to Parliament for a vote.In the end, the pressure became irresistible.Jill Lawless, The Associated Press read more

Syrian conflict tops talks between UN chief and permanent members of Security

During the meeting, which was held on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level debate, Mr. Ban and the foreign ministers of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States underlined the importance of heightened efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis both inside Syria and in its neighbouring countries. They also exchanged views on the timing and other aspects of the peace conference to be held in Geneva aimed at resolving the conflict, which has claimed over 100,000 lives since it began in March 2011. In addition, more than 2 million people have fled the country, and some 4 million have been internally displaced.According to a read out provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, today’s meeting also touched on the arrangements for the mechanism to be established soon between the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to inspect and safeguard Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons. UN chemical weapons investigators returned to Syria today under the leadership of Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters that their mission can only finalize its work programme once it has been able to assess the conditions of the sites where chemical weapons were allegedly used, and that “this assessment will clearly have to take into account the passage of time, which may limit the availability of samples.”The team, assisted by experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the OPCW, visited the country last month and found “clear and convincing evidence” that Sarin gas was used in an incident that occurred on 21 August in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus in which hundreds of people were reportedly killed.The team will now investigate the 19 March incident at Khan al-Asal, as well as two other incidents previously identified by the mission as warranting an investigation. The investigators will also discuss with the Government information that it may possess regarding allegations it reported on the use of chemical weapons pertaining to the incidents of 22, 24 and 25 August. read more