We did not feel the need to rest: Umesh on Kohli’s decision to enforce follow-on vs SA in Pune Test

first_imgWe did not feel the need to rest: Umesh on Kohli’s decision to enforce follow-on vs SA in Pune TestUmesh Yadav, who made a superb comeback in the team in Pune, insists there is healthy competition among the fast bowlers in the Indian Test squad.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 11:07 IST Umesh Yadav played his first Test in nearly a year for India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUmesh Yadav returned match figures of 6 for 59 in the Pune Test vs South AfricaUmesh was playing his first Test for India since the match vs Australia in Perth in Dec. last yearUmesh has only featured in 6 of India’s last 19 Test matches due to the competition among pacers in the squadIndia fast bowler Umesh Yadav once again reminded the selectors and team management of his capabilities with the red ball with his outstanding performance in the second Test against South Africa.Umesh, who was brought into the Test squad as a replacement for the injured Jasprit Bumrah for this series, bagged 6 wickets in the match – 3 in each innings – as India crushed South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the Pune Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday.Umesh, who was playing his first Test since the match against Australia in Perth in December last year, has only featured in 6 of India’s last 19 matches due to the competition he is facing from teammates Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who are the first-choice speedsters for India in the longest format.But Umesh insists that the competition among the pacers is healthy and that everyone will gets equal chances to perform.Another one gone! @y_umesh picks up his 3rd wicket. De Bruyn departs.Live – https://t.co/IMXND6rdxV #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/72maBVaLbDBCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2019″This is part and parcel [of the game], it will keep happening as long as I play cricket. These situations will keep coming, and I know I have to be ready when I get my chance. For that, it’s important to stay positive, keep playing the game, and stay focused,” Umesh said after the Pune Test.Umesh says that he makes sure to play domestic cricket whenever he is not picked for India to keep himself fit and ready for selection in the national team.advertisement”I always make sure I keep getting match practice, whether it’s Ranji Trophy or India A or anything else. These are the things that give me positivity, and my focus remains sharp because the more matches you play, the more match practice you have, which is very important, because as much as you may bowl in the nets, it’s different when you play matches and know how you’re supposed to bowl, what planning you need to do.”These things (selection) aren’t in my hands. I can’t say, ‘no, I need to play every Test match’. All the bowlers are good, all of them are doing well, and there’s healthy competition. Whoever does well will keep playing. At some stage, each of us will get chances, and when that happens, I need to be ready, positive, and focused,” Umesh said.Umesh Yadav also spoke about India’s decision to enforce the follow-on against the Proteas on Day 4 and revealed that all the bowlers were fresh and raring to have a go at the opposition again, despite having bowled 105.4 overs in South Africa’s first innings.”All bowlers said that we are ready if follow-on is enforced as we didn’t feel the need to rest. The intent was to win, and not, ‘let’s bat a bit and stretch the game’,” Umesh said.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Umesh YadavFollow India vs South Africa 2nd TestFollow Pune Testlast_img read more

Blatant abuse of taxpayers dollars …as Govt business

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo “widespread abuse” of State resources for political campaign – PresidentMarch 21, 2016In “latest news”Ramjattan admits govt using public funds for campaigningJune 22, 2019In “Local News”Opposition to Diplomats: Government has fallen, it cannot be business as usualDecember 29, 2018In “latest news” The Cabinet ministersThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition is campaigning heavily on State resources; and some observers have noted that this a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and a possible violation of the law.What was labelled as ‘Government business’ turned out to be a massive elections campaign, when a large ministerial convoy ventured to Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) at the weekend.Nineteen Ministers spent three days visiting various communities, making grand promises in exchange for votes.At the community of Tiger Pond, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan recalled that only 39 residents voted for the APNU/AFC coalition at the last General and Regional Election in 2015. He urged that, this time around, more residents vote for the coalition.“To the approximately 96 persons who did not support us on that occasion but rather cast their votes for the then Government, I’d like to ask you… to do the same this time, which is to give their support to the Government because this time around, we are the Government,” Minister Bulkan said.The coalition Government has been accused by many, including Opposition members and independent political commentators, of using taxpayers’ money to fund its elections campaign.Minister of State Joseph Harmon recently denied that these outreaches are part of the coalition’s elections campaign strategy. He insisted that it was strictly Government business.But the outreach in Region Nine, which was branded ‘Government business’, shows that APNU/AFC is campaigning on State resources.Both APNU and AFC, when they were in Opposition, strongly criticised the use of State resources for campaigning – a practice they are openly engaging in today.The coalition has also been accused of forcing State agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, to attend party sponsored events.Christopher RamOnly recently, outspoken Attorney Christopher Ram blasted the Government for misusing public money and reiterated the need for modern campaign financing laws which will prevent this kind of abuse from happening.However, he noted that there are existing laws which can be enforced to penalise defaulters.In Chapter 1:03 Part XIII of the Representation of the Peoples Act titled “Election Expenses”, a limit is placed on personal campaign expenses to GY$25,000 per candidate and a maximum sum of GY$50,000 multiplied by a maximum number of 53 from a total number of 65 candidates for each contesting political party.And according to Section 120 (1) of the amended Act, following elections, political parties’ election agents have 35 days in which to submit financial returns to the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission, disclosing on behalf of candidates and their parties, all payments made by the party’s election agent, amounts of personal expenses paid by each candidate, all disputed and unpaid claims, all monies, securities, and those received for the conduct of the elections, the names of donors and contributors, among others.However, since the enactment of these regulations (Act 24 of 1990) they have neither been observed by contesting political parties nor enforced by the CEO. read more