Dharamsala: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has always put the interest of Indian cricket in mind and is “on same page” with the team management as far as his international future is concerned, skipper Virat Kohli said on Saturday. On the eve of the T20 International series against South Africa, Kohli maintained that the 38-year-old Dhoni will “remain valuable” as long as he continues playing the game even as team management grooms youngsters like Rishabh Pant. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”One great thing about him (Dhoni) is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person,” Kohli replied when asked if the legend is in his scheme of things for next year’s World T20 in Australia. Dhoni has taken a two-month sabbatical from cricket and is not a part of the T20 International series against South Africa starting on Sunday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhile Kohli reminded the scribes about Dhoni’s ability to prove his detractors wrong, his answer on his impending international future was a bit open-ended. “Look, experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. I mean there are a numerous number of times people have given up on sportsmen and they have proved people wrong and he (Dhoni) has done that many times in his career as well. As long as he is available and continues to play, he is going to be very valuable,” Kohli said. “When you decide to stop playing is an absolutely individual thing, and no one else should have an opinion on it, that’s what I think,” he added. Kohli also justified Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal’s omission from the T20 squad as their weakness with the willow has prompted them to try out some other options. “That was one of the reasons also to give opportunities to the guys who have done well in the domestic format and the T20 format and in the IPL also. So I think it’s about finding the best balance that we can as a side and not necessarily stick to one kind of combination. If all teams across the world are batting till No. 9, 10, why can’t we,” the captain explained. The India skipper recalled how the team management was criticised when Chahal and Kuldeep were inducted in the white ball set-up replacing a more fancied Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
Representative image-taken from ReutersNine migrants, including six children, seeking to head to Europe in a speedboat drowned on Sunday when the vessel sank off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, state media reports said.The boat hit trouble off the Demre district of Turkey’s Mediterranean Antalya province, a popular holiday spot, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Five were rescued while one person was still missing, it added.Two adults, one woman and six children lost their lives, it said.The Dogan news agency said that they were seeking to head illegally to Europe but their planned route was not immediately clear.The nearest EU territory is the small Greek island of Kastellorizo to the west which lies off the Turkish resort of Kas.The nationalities of those on board have yet to be made clear.Over a million people, many fleeing the war in Syria, crossed to European Union member Greece from Turkey in 2015 after the onset of the bloc’s worst migration crisis since World War II.Turkey struck a deal with the EU in 2016 in an effort to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, and agreed to take back illegal migrants landing on Greek islands in exchange for incentives including financial aid.The deal, chastised by rights groups, sharply curbed the number of migrants seeking to cross the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas from Turkey to Greece.However observers say that the numbers seeking to cross this route have been ticking up again in recent months.According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 10,948 people crossed to Greece this year up to 30 May, sharply more than in the same period in 2017. Thirty-five people lost their lives using this route so far this year, according to the IOM.As well as migrants from countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan, the route has been used by Turkish citizens fleeing the crackdown that followed the 2016 failed coup.
Kolkata: A beheaded body of a woman was found at nayapara in Kultali on Monday morning. Some locals found the body beside a paddy field and informed police. Later, they recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy.Locals sources informed that the body could not be identified as the head was missing. Police have also enquired whether there was any missing complaint filed in the last few days from the adjacent areas. The sleuths suspect that the woman has been murdered somewhere else. The woman was married, police confirmed. The murderers cut off the head to keep the identity hidden. The investigators are also suspecting that the woman may have been sexually harassed. However, they are waiting for the autopsy report to proceed. An all concerned message with the body’s description has been sent to the adjacent police units as well.