Unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni: Dhawan after Mohali defeat to Australia

first_imgadvertisement commentary view more view less scorecard Unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni: Dhawan after Mohali defeat to AustraliaShikhar Dhawan jumped to the defence of Rishabh Pant, who was booed by the Mohali crowd during India’s four-wicket defeat to Australia on Sundaycenter_img graphs No data available! Akshay Ramesh MohaliMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 11:10 IST Rishabh Pant struggled with his glovework during the 4th ODI vs Australia in Mohali on Sunday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant missed a stumping chance, handing Ashton Turner a reprieve in the 4th ODIRishabh Pant was booed by the Mohali crowd over his shoddy glovework on SundayAustralia gunned down a 359-run target after Ashton Turner played a blinderYoung wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant faced criticism after missing a stumping at a crucial juncture during India’s four-wicket defeat to Australia in the fourth ODI in Mohali on Sunday.Pant had big shoes to fill as he had replaced MS Dhoni, who was rested for the fourth and the fifth ODI of the ongoing series against Australia. However, the 21-year-old struggled with his glovework on a dewy evening in Mohali.The crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium didn’t hold back as they chanted “Dhoni… Dhoni” after Pant’s costly errors during Australia’s successful chase of 359 runs.It all started in the in the 44th over of the Australian innings when Rishabh Pant missed a straight forward stumping chance to dismiss Ashton Turner on 38. Turner went on to play a match-winning knock of 84 from just 43 balls and help Australia level the 5-match series at 2-2.Even as the “Dhoni… Dhoni” chants were on, Pant tried to compensate for the missed stumping by attempting a flick to the stumps to run Alex Carey out in the third ball of Yuzvendra Chahal’s over. However, Pant missed the target and conceded an extra run to Australia.Pant also pushed captain Virat Kohli to go for a DRS review against Turner in the fourth ball of the over. The on-field decision stayed after the review process, adding more frustration to the hosts who were struggling due to the dew in the North Indian city.Dhawan jumps to Pant’s defenceNonetheless, senior batsman, Shikhar Dhawan has backed Rishabh Pant, saying it’s unfair to compare him to MS Dhoni and that the young wicketkeeper-batsman should be given more time to find his feet in international cricket.advertisement”Rishabh is a young bloke and like any other youngster, you have to give time to him. Rishabh is still finding his feet. You cannot compare Pant to Dhoni [bhai], given the experience he has having played over the years,” Dhawan told the media in Mohali.He added: “Of course, had the stumping chance been taken, it could have turned the game. Having said that, the game slipped away from out hands quite quickly after that. The dew also played its part n the game. But that’s what it is.”Pant’s mistakes…!! pic.twitter.com/qyo9KpkdoxVidshots (@Vidshots1) March 10, 2019Notably, it was Dhawan’s century (143) that ended in vain as Australia completed their highest-ever successful chase and handed India their second straight defeat in the ongoing series.We didn’t expect the dew: DhawanMeanwhile, Dhawan also admitted that the Indian team has twice read the conditions wrongly in successive ODIs. India had failed to chase a 314-run target in the third ODI in Ranchi after deciding to chase.”We had expected dew would be a factor in the last game and it didn’t come and here, we didn’t expect dew in this game and it came very heavily,” Dhawan said.”So of course, when you put such a totals on the board, it’s always pressure for the other sides and not our bowlers and we were quite in control till 38th over. But then ball started coming so nicely and the (bounce) true that you could play any shot on that surface.”Because of the dew, the ball was not gripping and of course he (Ashton Turner) played really a good knock and took the game away. But he couldn’t have played those shots had there been no dew.”India and Australia will meet in the series decider in Delhi on Wednesday. Notably, India were blanked 2-0 in the T20I series by the Aaron Finch-led visiting team.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board writes to ICC for action against India for wearing camouflage capsAlso Read | I’m lost for words: Ashton Turner after sensational 43-ball 84 in MohaliAlso Read | DRS not consistent at all, says Virat Kohli after India fail to defend 358 vs AustraliaAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Rishabh PantFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Mohali ODIFollow India cricket teamFollow Ashton Turnerlast_img read more

Queen hails tenacity and gallantry of RAF as Royal family watch centenary flypast

The Queen spoke proudly not only as the RAF’s Air Commodore-in-Chief, but also as a citizen who remembered the Battle of Britain, and as a daughter whose father King George VI served with the RAF.She said: “Presenting the Royal Air Force with a new Queen’s Colour provides an opportunity to congratulate the service for your remarkable contribution to defence over the last 100 years.”Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks as you helped safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world.”I remember the Battle of Britain being fought over the skies above us and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.”She also took the Royal Salute at the ceremony as her relatives including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge plus the Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched nearby.Royals attend Westminster Abbey serviceCharles, William and Harry all chose to wear No 1 RAF uniform to Westminster Abbey, with Kate wearing a Dacre Brooch – which was presented to her by the Air Cadets when she took on patronage in 2015. At just after 1pm on Tuesday, Puma and Chinook helicopters began the spectacle, followed by aircraft including a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados and three F-35 stealth fighter jets.Drawing the spectacle to a close was the Red Arrows, who in traditional aerobatic style, streamed red, white and blue smoke down the length of the Mall. And in keeping with the traditional blue of the RAF, the Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar and dress in the same colour, both by Angela Kelly, with a matching hat by Angela Kelly and a diamond star brooch. With three weeks set aside for training ahead of the flypast, he said the Typhoon force is still delivering on operations around the world, and through Quick Reaction Alert.”What we have done is reduce the training flying back in the UK, it is not that we are stopping it, we are just reduced it,” he said of managing training, formation practice and operations.Asked what the Queen will have made of the display, he said: “It is going to be quite a tight formation, I think hopefully she will be very impressed, it is going to be loud as well going down the Mall.”The Queen and other members of the Royal family have been leading national celebrations as the Royal Air Force marks a centenary since its formation. Prince George And Princess Charlotte are spotted at the window of Buckingham Palace waving and sticking their tongues out to royal fans belowCredit:WENN.com The Prince of Wales salutes outside Westminster Abbey The Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar over a dress in the same colour for the serviceCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters Kate wore a coat by Alexander McQueen, and a hat by Sean Barrett, with Meghan choosing to wear a dress by Dior and a hat by royal milliner Stephen Jones. “It is the high point for the capital, Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family,” he said.”And it is a great opportunity to look back and really celebrate our past, but to look forward is a really important thing for us as we look to the next 100 years.” Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Westminster Abbey Squadron Leader Mike Child said the arrangement of the aircraft took “months of planning”, with pilots also undertaking simulator training and multiple briefings. The Prince of Wales salutes outside Westminster AbbeyCredit:Steve Parsons /PA He described being at the forefront of the flypast as a “great honour”, and said he hopes the Queen and royal family will see “exactly what they can do” for the monarch.Asked what message a 100-aircraft flypast may send to Britain’s adversaries and the world, he said: “It demonstrates we are a competent, professional and capable air force that has a credible, very credible, set of capabilities.”Charles, Camilla, William, Harry and Meghan will also meet veterans, personnel, charity representatives and those from the civil service in a reception after the spectacle.Video: 100 years of the Royal Air Force  Military aircraft pass near Wimbledon Asked how hard it has been putting together the formation, he said: “It has been difficult because it is the biggest formation we have ever done as a Typhoon force.”We have done nine ships – which are the diamond nine – which is a relatively basic formation, but it is actually making something that big.” The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, addressed the congregation and said the RAF has in its first 100 years been a decisive factor in serving the country, as well as being key in protecting democracy and freedom.With an RAF ensign draped over the high altar behind him in the abbey, Mr Welby also highlighted how members of his own family have served and been killed in the RAF – drawing attention to his own father who flew low level sorties in Burma.Video: Royals at Westminster Abbey The Red Arrows fly over a full-size replica of a Hawker Hurricane in Windsor The Red Arrows fly over a full-size replica of a Hawker Hurricane in WindsorCredit:Stan Kujawa  Theresa May arrives at Westminster Abbey Service personnel spelling out 100 on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as crowds fill the Mall Credit:Pixel8000  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at a service at Westminster Abbey It was 100 years ago on April 1 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF – the world’s first independent air service.Beginning with a service at Westminster Abbey, the Queen was joined by family members including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Queen praises RAF for ‘tenacity, skill and gallantry’The Queen has praised the Royal Air Force for its “tenacity, skill and gallantry”. Standing in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, she spoke of the “remarkable contribution to defence” over the last 100 years. Set to fly in the back seat of one of the jets, asked how he feels to be involved, he said: “It is an overwhelming sense of pride… to be involved on the day – flying will be just amazing.” Prince George And Princess Charlotte are spotted at the window of Buckingham Palace waving and sticking their tongues out to royal fans below. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the Westminster Abbey serviceCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters And despite still being on maternity leave, after giving birth to Prince Louis only 11 weeks ago, it is understood that Kate felt it was important to attend Tuesday’s celebrations. Members of the Royal Air Force parade down The MallCredit:Victoria Jones /PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the Westminster Abbey service Spectators at Wimbledon watch the military aircraft pass overheadCredit:ANDREW COULDRIDGE /Reuters Theresa May shakes hands as she arrives at Westminster AbbeyCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters Members of the Royal Air Force parade down The Mall The Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar over a dress in the same colour for the service Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Katherine Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast The Queen has praised the Royal Air Force for its “tenacity, skill and gallantry” as she was joined by senior members of the Royal family at the centrepiece of events marking the force’s 100th year.Standing in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as she presented the Queen’s Colour to the RAF, she spoke of the “remarkable contribution to defence” over the last 100 years.The largest ever formation of RAF Typhoons then spelt out 100 in the skies above the palace. A total of 22 of the fighter jets took part in the flypast, forming into the numbers, which had served as a surprise for the public and Royal family watching the spectacle.The Metropolitan Police estimated between 65,000 and 70,000 people lined the  streets of central London to see the flypast, it is understood. It was 100 years ago on April 1 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF – the world’s first independent air service. More than 2,200 people packed Westminster Abbey for the service, with dignitaries including Prime Minister Theresa May, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attending alongside the royals. The Red Arrows perform a fly past over Buckingham Palace – streaming red, white and blue smoke down the length of the MallCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters RAF spelling out 100 on the forecourt of the palace as the massed crowds fill the Mall  The Queen watches the flypast with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex outside Westminster AbbeyCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE /AFP The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at a service at Westminster AbbeyCredit:Steve Parsons /PA Flypast is ‘centrepiece’ of the RAF’s 100th yearAir-Vice Marshal Gerry Mayhew, the air officer commanding No 1 group and the senior responsible officer for the flypast, said the day is the “centrepiece” of the RAF’s 100th year. Flypast The officer commanding the Red Arrows, Wing Commander Andrew Keith, who took the helm in August, said it is an incredible year to be leading them. Aircraft that will feature in flypastThe flypast is set to feature aircraft including Puma and Chinook helicopters, a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados, Typhoons and the F-35 stealth fighter jets.Drawing the spectacle to a close will be the Red Arrows, who in traditional aerobatic style will stream red, white and blue smoke down the length of The Mall. During the flypast, he said he will be flying in the formation in the back seat of the team leader’s jet, “getting a few photos”.”It is going to be business as usual for us – and hopefully clocking over that 100th aircraft,” he said when asked if they will be doing anything different on the day. The 38-year-old said he came up with a lot of the shape of the formation in terms of references, and measured it all out and where everyone should be.He revealed much of the practice has been taking place over the North Sea more than 120 miles out from land to avoid being spotted, and to give them more space.”That formation is relatively big and unwieldy and trying to manoeuvre it is difficult, so doing it over land is harder,” Sqn Ldr Child said.Five frontline Typhoon squadrons, plus one training unit, are involved in the formation – with eight jets and 150 personnel brought down from RAF Lossiemouth to RAF Coningsby for the flypast. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more