ICC World Twenty20: England captain Eoin Morgan scared of hosts India

first_imgEngland skipper Eoin Morgan on Wednesday said hosts India are favourites to win the World Twenty20 cricket tournament considering their familiarity with the conditions and rich form lately.India come into the competition on the back of an excellent run of form in the shortest version of the game. They had back-to-back T20 series victories against Australia and Sri Lanka apart from winning the Asia Cup T20 competition last week. (World T20: IPL exposure will help New Zealand fire, says Kane Williamson) The 27-day tournament got underway in Nagpur on March 8 and will be played at eight venues across India with Eden Gardens in Kolkata scheduled to host the final on April 3.India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia are clubbed in Group 2 while South Africa, England, the West Indies and Sri Lanka are in Group 1. (ICC World T20: MS Dhoni wants to adopt slow but steady approach) “I think the favourites for this tournament are India, simply on the fact that they are very good in home conditions. They have also had a rich form lately. I think outside that it is very open tournament,” Morgan said at a press conference here.Rashid, Ali will excelKeeping in mind the conditions in India which favour slower bowlers and spinners, the 29-year-old said team’s spin duo Adil Rashid and experienced Moeen Ali have the ability in them to do well on these pitches.”We have two very experienced spinners, Adil Rashid, who in last 12 months has come in quite leaps and bounce and Moeen Ali since he has played international cricket has become No.1 spinner for us in all forms of the game. And the fact that he is an all-rounder is exceptional,” the left-handed batsman said.advertisementEngland will miss the likes of experienced pacer Steven Finn due to injury which Morgan believes is a big blow for the side. But he added that Liam Plunkett will be a good replacement.”We haven’t practiced yet but I am presuming Plunkett is fully fit. Losing any fast bowler before a major tournament is always a blow, the benefit we have in that is that Liam was fit of the back and seems to be on rotation at the moment, him and Steven, which is quite a weird thing. But the fact is that we have one big fast bowler is really positive side for us,” he said.Speaking on his team’s chances in the competition, the England skipper said, “I am really confident about our side. Before the South Africa series we really had a good run of things. Within the group we have lot of talent and lot of match winners. It didn’t necessarily happen against South Africa.””One of the things after South Africa trip we talked about was, are we playing in the right way, are we almost being beaten in the right manner and are we doing in things that we said we do. The attitude in the group is really positive and it is very important for us coming into this major tournament,” Morgan concluded.last_img read more

The Amazing Survival Story of the Last Aztec Empress

first_imgWhen the last Aztec Empress was born in the early 16th century to the Great Moctezuma II, all she had was her distinguished name. By the time she died at the age of 50, she had survived five husbands, mothered seven children, built a large estate and established a line of nobility that still endures today. At her birth, which came in either 1509 or 1510, she was named “Tecuichpotzin Ixcaxochitzin,” which means “Lord’s Daughter” in the Nahuatl language. Being that she was the daughter of Moctezuma and his principal wife Teotlalco, Tecuichpotzin was recognized as the legitimate heir to the house of her father.Moctezuma II, from the Codex Mendoza.First, she was married to the Aztec emperor Atlixcatzin, but he died shortly after, making her a widow at about 10 years of age. On November 8, 1519, the Spanish Hernán Cortés invaded Tenochtitlan and led the siege of Montezuma’s palace.Moctezuma’s Palace from the Codex Mendoza (1542).When Moctezuma was taken a hostage and killed, the Aztec people took Tecuichpotzin and married her to her uncle, Emperor Cuitláhuac.While the Aztecs managed to drive Cortés out of Tenochtitlan in June of 1520, the Spanish had brought the deadly smallpox disease with them. Cuitláhuac fell victim to the disease and died, leaving Tecuichpotzin a widow for the second time.Tenochtitlan. Photo by Mariana277 CC BY-SA 3.0Next, she was married to emperor Cuauhtémoc. In 1521, Cortés returned to Tenochtitlan in greater numbers. By that time, the Aztec population had been devastated by the smallpox epidemic. Emperor Cuauhtémoc was outmanned and forced to retreat by boat.However, Cortés and his army caught up with Cuauhtémoc and captured him. This officially ended the Spanish conquest but the bloodshed at the hands of the Spanish was not over. In 1525, Cuauhtémoc was executed by Cortés and Tecuichpotzin was widowed for the third time.Cortés and La Malinche meet Moctezuma in Tenochtitlan, November 8, 1519.But Cuauhtémoc had made a dying plea for Cortés to treat the women of his court with respect, especially his young wife, Tecuichpotzin. Cortés respected the wish and considered Tecuichpotzin the personification of what he hoped would be the melding of the Spanish and Aztec cultures.After being taught by the Spaniards about Christianity, Tecuichpotzin became a Catholic and was renamed “Doña Isabel.” In June 1526, she was married to a Spaniard, Alonso de Grado, and granted the most expensive “encomienda” in the Mexican Valley. Doña Isabel used her wealth to pay such generous alms to the Augustinians that she was asked to stop.Great Hollywood7 Things you may not know about The Mayans legends quotesWhen Alonso de Grado died, Cortés took the seventeen-year-old widow into his house. They were never married, so when Doña Isabel became pregnant, Cortés quickly wed her to Pedro Gallego de Andrade. But Doña Isabel did not acknowledge the child, and Cortés ended up caring for her himself.Modern reproduction of the Aztec feather headdress attributed to Moctezuma II exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City. Photo by Thomas Ledl CC BY-SA 4.0Doña Isabel bore a son with her fifth husband and named him Andrade Gallego Moctezuma. Gallego died in 1532, and Doña Isabel married Juan Cano de Saavedra. He was her sixth and final husband. The union produced five children: Pedro, Gonzalo, Juan, Isabel, and Catalina Cano de Moctezuma.When Doña Isabel died, she willed that all her Indian slaves be freed and that all outstanding debts to her servants be paid. She also left one-fifth of her estate to the daughter whom she had born by Cortés.Genealogy of Tecuichpoch (Isabel Moctezuma). Photo by HJPD -CC BY-SA 3.0Doña Isabel willed the majority of her encomienda to her firstborn son, Juan de Andrade, and it endured for centuries after she was gone.Read another story from us :New Evidence on 5,600-yr-old Recipe Used for Embalming a BodyAll of her children became well-educated. Her two daughters became nuns at El Convento de la Conception de la Madre de Dios, and her sons founded the title of Duke of Moctezuma de Tultengo, which still exists today.last_img read more