Nathan Lyon described AB de Villiers as the hardest batsman he bowled to, not Virat KohliIANSIn his now highly-successful career, Nathan Lyon has bowled to all the great batsmen who have played in his era. From the likes of Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, the off-spinner has been tested against the best batters in the world. But when he was asked in an interview to name the batsman he found most difficult to bowl at, the Australian chose AB de Villiers.The reason cited by him for his choice presents the reason why the South African has earned the epithet of Mr 360. Lyon said on ‘The Back Page Live,’ an Australian television show, that while bowling to de Villiers, he felt that the former Proteas batsman could hit him anywhere at any time.Considering that Indian batsmen were traditionally regarded as the most skilful in playing spin, it comes as a big surprise that Lyon faced most difficulty not from an Indian, or for that matter any other Asian, but a South African.Lyon’s recordIn his career, the 31-year old Aussie has played 15 Tests against South Africa and 18 against India. Kohli and de Villiers have been present in almost all these matches of their respective teams. So, it says a lot about de Villiers’ ability to play spin that the offie rates him higher than any other batsman.If we were to look at the record of the off-spinner against the two teams, he has done considerably better vs the Indians. While he has 85 wickets against the Asian giants with an average of 32.60 and strike rate of 60.2, against South Africa, he has 46 wickets at an average of 42.28 and strike rate of 83.7. The disparity can partly be attributed to highly spin-friendly conditions that the bowler had on his two visits to India.But even when it comes to bowling in his own country, he has a clearly better record against the sub-continental side. Gary, as he is fondly called by his teammates, has taken 18 wickets in 6 Tests against the South Africans in Australia at an average of 46.22 and strike rate of over 91. Against India at home, he has 51 wickets in 11 Tests and with an average just under 34 and strike rate a shade under 66. Clearly, home or away, Lyon loves bowling at the Indian team. Nathan Lyon has enjoyed great success against IndiaReutersSouth Africa’s better record against LyonIt is noteworthy that India’s supposed dominance against spin bowling has considerably declined in recent years. Even somebody like Kohli has had difficulties facing good spinners in the past. De Villiers, on the other hand, seems highly adept at playing the slower bowlers. Having been a hockey player in his pre-cricket days, he seems to have wonderful wristwork that allows him to place the ball in whichever area he desires.Lyon has had the opportunity to bowl at both Kohli and AB when they were in prime form. When South Africa famously saved a Test at Adelaide in 2012 by batting out the entire fifth day, de Villiers played his part by stonewalling Lyon and co for 220 deliveries while scoring just 33 runs. In the very next match at Perth, he scored a magnificent 169 to help his team win the match and series. In the last series between the Aussies and South Africans, the infamous 2018 rubber, de Villiers again starred with a superb knock in the second Test which allowed the Proteas to level the series after losing the first match.Kohli too has enjoyed great success against Australia. He has seven Test hundreds against the kangaroos, six of them scored away from home. Of these, four came in the 2014/15 series alone. Yet, Lyon has picked up the wicket of Kohli seven times in Tests, the most for any bowler in the format.So clearly, Lyon has good reason to rate de Villiers higher. But while the South African has retired from international cricket, Kohli remains and will remain active for some time to come. Hopefully, we will some more riveting contests between the two.
Gujarat all woman ATS nabbed gangster Jusab Allahrakha SandhtwitterFour woman officers of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) nabbed notorious criminal and gangster Jusab Allahrakha Sandh in a pre-dawn operation at a forest in Botad district on Sunday.Jusab was wanted in more than 23 cases ranging from robbery to extortion and murder. He has been on the run for nearly a year after he jumped parole in June 2018. The ATS team consisting of four woman Sub-Inspectors – Santok Odedara, Nitmika Gohil, Aruna Gameti and Shakuntala Mal – had carried out the operation to nab the notorious criminal from the deep jungles of Botad.According to reports, the gangster had been holed up inside the jungle for the past several months. As it was getting hard for the local police to find him, they transferred the case to the ATS.”We had received a tip-off from an informant regarding the presence of Jusab in Botad forest, and a quick response team was immediately set up to nab him. However, Jusab was staying in a makeshift accommodation so deep inside the forest that no vehicles could reach there. We entered the forest on foot on Saturday night. Since the accused has been infamous for firing at police parties in the past as well, therefore we did not take any chance and waited for the sunrise. He was then nabbed from his hut,” said SI Santok Odedara, reports The Indian Express.Jusab was let off on parole to conduct the last rites of his wife after she died in June 2018. But he escaped and was absconding since then. He also killed a man during his run as retaliation for killing one of his associates.According to police, Jusab used to commit serious crimes and would head to the jungle to hide. He was very familiar with the jungle as he grew up there. When the ATS caught him, he had very minimal arrangements to look after himself. There was no electricity or mobile phone and his associates used to get food for him every day.
Akkineni NagarjunaTwitterNagarjuna Akkineni, ahead of the release of Manmadhudu 2, spoke to the media and is happy that after a long time, he has got to do a really good script, which is very much needed for him at this time of his career. Soon, Nagarjuna is going to turn 60 and this is something the actor doesn’t just accept at all. Because for him, age is just a number and he believes that he is very much young at heart. Manmadhudu 2 is directed by actor turned director Rahul Ravindran and it will hit the screens on August 9.In an exclusive interview, the actor talks about his upcoming plans, the need of scripts for senior heroes, working with debutant directors and a lot more.Most of the time, you work with directors who are either debutants or are just one film old. How do you identify their potential?I don’t know, it just happened (laughs). Yeah. In fact, I must say that’s what has made me a star. I have worked with many new directors. Could be Shiva or Geetanjali, things worked really well then. Sometimes, my decisions have been proved to be wrong too. So now, I am a bit more careful. But, I think I can identify their potential and this is all because of experience. Working with youngsters is definitely a good idea is what I believe. Rakul Preet Singh and Nagarjuna Manmadhudu 2TwitterThere are many young actors now, who are doing really well. So has it become tough for senior heroes to get good scripts?Yes. Very much. I can’t expect to keep doing love stories even now. Because it is the turn of my sons to do those kinds of films. So those roles will go to young actors who can do them really better. Thus it is tough for senior heroes to get roles and when we get experimental roles to do, we aren’t sure whether they will always work or not.There were days when you used to have a bunch of films to shoot. What about now? Like I already said, it is getting tougher to get roles. So I don’t have any new projects in my kitty except those which I have signed sometime back. I will begin working very soon for the sequel of Soggade Chinninayana and it is titled Bangarraju. That’s all in Telugu as of now. In case I get any more scripts and if I like, I might agree to do. Screenshots of the kiss scenes in Nagarjuna’s Manmadhudu 2.PR HandoutWill you continue doing romantic films after Manmadhudu 2?I am definitely not an idiot to do that. I don’t think even the audience can see me doing romance now, at this age. Romantic comedy films are not my cup of tea anymore. So I would be looking forward to doing something different from now on. Let’s see if I like any films which I would like to remake, then we will think and talk.Personally, what kind of films do you like to watch?I cannot watch films that are depressing or serious. A big no to those which can make me even feel like crying. In fact, when I find any of such films in suggestions or while searching for some other films, I just change the channel immediately. It is the same on Netflix or Amazon. I love to watch films that make me laugh. Even if I cry, it has to be out of joy only.
A Bangladeshi national has been killed in Malaysia, reports The Star Online.Police are investigating the death following a fight off Jalan Imbi.Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said police received information about the fight at Jalan Walter Grenier at around 9.30am on Sunday.ACP Mohd Sukri said that when police arrived, the victim had already been taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) by an ambulance.He added that checks with HKL found that the victim had died.ACP Mohd Sukri said the victim was a 28-year-old Bangladeshi national.He said the cause of death and the motive for the incident are being investigated.Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Dang Wangi police control centre at 03-26977099 or any nearby police station.
Heroin packets in a Colombo flat. Photo: ColleectedTwo Bangladeshis have been caught in the biggest drug haul ever of Sri Lanka’s recent history. A total of 272 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine were found in their possession.Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies nabbed them during a special operation in the Mount Lavinia area in the suburbs of capital Colombo. The value of the confiscated drugs is estimated to be around 1.52 billion taka.The two Bangladeshi’s caught in the operation are Mohammed Jamaluddin of Bogura and Rafiul Islam of Joypurhat.The narcotics unit of Sri Lanka’s police force and a special task force carried out the drive last month, December.Prior to this, a Bangladeshi woman, Surjamoni, had been arrested in possession of 32 kgs of heroin on 14 December in the same suburb of Colombo. She had reportedly gone to Colombo from Malaysia in October last year.A foreign ministry official in Dhaka on Tuesday said that the arrest of three Bangladeshis in possession of 304 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine in a matter of one month had created a sensation in Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan authorities had hinted that such activities may hamper issuing visas for Bangladeshi nationals.The Sri Lanka’s president’s office, the inspector general of the country’s police force and the head of the police’s special task force have contacted the Bangladesh high commission in Colombo regarding this huge haul of smuggled narcotics.Bangladesh’s high commissioner in Sri Lanka M Reaz Hamidullah, over mobile phone told Prothom Alo, the Sri Lankan government has sought Bangladesh’s cooperation regarding investigations into the drug smuggling.Bangladesh always maintains a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and drugs, he said. “It would extend all possible cooperation to Sri Lanka to investigate the drug smuggling.”The high commissioner said the embassy officials would hold a meeting with the Sri Lankan authorities on 3 January in this regard.In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror on Tuesday quoted the country’s police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara as saying that the two Bangladeshis, Jamal and Rafiul, were first caught with 9 kgs of heroin in a residential area on Temple Road in Mount Lavinia. The heroin had been stashed in a cake box.After interrogation, the two men were taken to a two-storey house in the locality where the law enforcement officers were stunned to see packets of heroin all over the place.They recovered 263 kg of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine from there. The value of this amounted to around 3.33 billion Sri Lankan rupees or 1.52 billion Bangladeshi taka.The Sri Lankan police and special task force feel the drugs were being distributed all over the country from this house.
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