Bengaluru: Just 146 on the board first and then 11 to defend in the last over. MS Dhoni had his task cut out against Bangladesh on Thursday to win a crucial group game of the ICC World Twenty20.
The ball chased Jasprit Bumrah right from the first shot in Bangladesh innings. He misfielded and it went for four. Then he dropped a catch. Dhoni had to hide him at times, often seen waving at him to swap crucial positions with a better fielder.
Then there was that crucial decision of asking Hardik Pandya to bowl the final over – at the end of which India won by just one run, followed by Pandya’s solo run to the boundary and his signature heel-click.
How does Dhoni manage to do it time and again? He not only can lift a player, in this case Bumrah, from a poor start but also create heroes out of youngsters. What does he do that often does the trick?
Talking about Thursday’s game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here, Dhoni got Bumrah back to his best in the death overs and put his trust in Pandya to defend 11 runs in the final six balls. And it worked. Dhoni explained how.
‘First interaction with pressure’
Dhoni called Bumrah the find of Australia tour and has given indications that he sees in Pandya the seam-up allrounder he is looking for. But the captain reckoned Thursday’s game was the first that put the two youngsters through a real test.
“I feel it was a very good game for us, especially the youngsters, somebody like Hardik or Bumrah. This was their first proper interaction with pressure, what pressure can really do.
“I feel they must have learnt a lot out of this game, and these are the games that really make you better players. It pushes you to think in a different way. It pushes you to have that confidence in your strengths at a time when you really need it.”
The last two overs
Bangladesh had two experienced batsmen – Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim – at the crease in the last two overs with 17 to win. Dhoni could have thrown the ball to Suresh Raina or Yuvraj Singh, but he asked Bumrah and Pandya to shoulder the responsibility.
“I think it was quite an easy decision,” Dhoni said about his picks. “Reason being the batsmen were scoring quite freely at that point of time. I knew I had to get one over from somebody, whether it’s a spinner or Pandya. I said what’s important right now is to make a game out of it. That’s when I said I would use a proper bowler at this point of time [19th over], and we will see how many runs are needed in the last over. According to that we will decide who is the person who can bowl.
“There were quite a few options [for the 20th over]. There was Yuvraj Singh, there was Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya was there. That was the reason behind it [asking Bumrah to bowl the 19th over].
“You say ‘whatever runs you save, it keeps mounting [pressure] in the last over’.”
Dhoni had a long chat with Pandya before the final over and also often in between, before the allrounder ended the game with three wickets off the last three balls, including a run-out.
“We were just discussing what can be a good length to bowl, whether to go for yorkers. If you are looking for the yorker, then [whether] you want to bowl at the stumps or wide outside off.
“Depending on the bowler, you have to picturise what is the best option. So that’s what we were discussing. I won’t elaborate more because it is also part of our strategy. May be by the end of the tournament I can say more about it, but that’s what we were discussing – what was the best plan at that point of time, and I feel he executed the plan well.”
Bumrah was down, Dhoni’s words lifted him
Bumrah found his mark at the death. He had given away 19 runs in two overs, before coming with a tight second spell of 0 for 13, which brought the game back into balance.
Dhoni then had a word with his young bowler, telling him to focus on what he can do rather than thinking about what has already happened.
“Today’s game we all knew how important it was, and the very first ball if you misfield, as a youngster you are under pressure. I think that actually reflected in his bowling also, and then he dropped a catch.
“It’s important at that point of time to tell him that it doesn’t really matter because what has happened has happened. You can’t do anything about it. You can sit there for half an hour, the batsman won’t get out. What was important was to get away from it, and at the same time try to execute your plans, what your strength is.
“When he came for his second over, he went for runs…After that we had one more conversation, and it worked.”
Feedback for Pandya
Dhoni is impressed with Pandya’s willingness to take pressure, which in turn is helping him learn fast and understand that there will be good and bad days on the way.
“He is going through a phase where there will be ups and downs. When you come in as a youngster, you are full of confidence. That’s where cricket steps in,” the skipper hinted at the game being a great leveler.
“You score big in a game, then you don’t score for a few games, then come back strong, you may go for runs in a few games. I feel once you go through these chapters, you become a more accomplished cricketer – as a bowler, as a batsman. So I feel it was a very good game for him – reason being he had to bowl under pressure. The good thing was he was willing to do it and he was ready with his plan.”
Delhi-Based Couple’s Wedding Invite Is Going Viral..Here’s Why
A Delhi-based couple has decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations and it’s going viral on Twitter.
Marriage is a union of two people, who begin a new lease of life by taking vows and making their way into a beautiful commitment! To celebrate the unison, an extravagant affair is planned that last for almost a week. And when it comes to Indian weddings, people sometimes go the extra mile to make their D-day memorable. A Delhi-based couple is the latest addition to the list, who decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations.
Twitter handle, @Stuprous_doctor, a short while ago tweeted the images of a trendy wedding invite, said to be that of Suresh Kumar and Vidhya Priyanka BD, and Twitterati just lost it. Molded in the form of an iPhone, allegedly created by Kumar’s cousin, the invites is generating a hype for its interesting design. In accordance to a BuzzFeed report, Kumar said that despite the fact that theirs was an arranged marriage, it was speedy to bloom into love and they wanted to publicize their big decision in a “weird, quirky way” to the world.
Meet this lucky man who gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes
‘John’ is 60, divorced, and gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes. Well, “more often than not it’s just a handjob” he says.
He is one of several private investigators being hired in Australia as ‘brothel busters’, who pose as regular customers in order to unearth illegal s3x work.
“I’m pretty sure plenty of fellas would be a bit envious of how I’m earning a bit of pocket money from time to time,” he told news.com.au, replying when asked whether it was a good retirement gig: “Oh, most definitely.”
His job is necessary because authorities have little power to access premises without a court order, making it difficult to bust the brothels posing as massage parlours that are ubiquitous in New South Wales.
John can provide them with highly graphic detail about the services on offer however, filing reports that can run for up to three pages and include dates, times, people, places, who, what, when, where and how much.
“It’s a document that will be used in court, so it has to be pretty detailed and very accurate. It’s not something you can waddle off in a couple of minutes,” he said.
More often than not, he claims, the parlours are fronts.
“If you looked hard enough, you might be able to find a massage parlour that doesn’t offer s3xual services,” he said. “In my experience there have only been three premises where I have gone in and not been offered that service some time during the course of the treatment.”
John notes that while some offer intercourse which he obligingly accepts, “more often than not it’s just a handjob. They just want to get it over and done with and get the next one in.”
Lachlan Jarvis, managing director of private investigation firm Lyonswood, is in charge of hiring undercover s3x investigators.
“We prefer people who are single, and obviously they have to be willing to undertake s3xual activity,” he told news.com.au.
“It’s not your typical nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday job,” he said. “There are no time constraints, and there’s never been a stage where I’ve felt threatened or worried about my safety.”
Once She was a Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Now France’s Education Minister! Inspirational Story.
Once A Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem Is Now France’s Education Minister!
Everybody dreams of making it big in life but very few determined souls really act upon it. The story of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a testament to this, who overcame all the obstacles life laid at her feet and carved her own destiny.
Once a shepherd girl of four – who fetched water from the well – Najat moved to France with her family and faced the real world full of opportunities as well as struggles. The Moroccan girl who had no proficiency in French learnt the language by the end of her first year in college.
“The fact of leaving one’s country, one’s family, one’s root can be painful, my father had already found his place, but for us, for my mother, it was very difficult to get our bearings.”
Najat inherited hard work and resourcefulness from her father who laid strict rules for his daughters – no boys and no nightclubs till the age of 18. As a result, the girls completely surrendered themselves to studies.
Najat’s sister, Fatiha, is a lawyer in Paris.
While studying at the University of Amiens, Najat got the opportunity to pursue higher education with the prestigious Institut d’études politiques de (also known as Sciences Po). This set her on the path winding the political landscape in France.
Najat worked two jobs to take the financial load off her parents while pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. It is during this time she met Boris Vallaud, a fellow student, and the two married in 2005.
Najat’s political career began with her joining the Socialist Party as an adviser to the mayor of Lyon. She later ran for elections and won the seat of the Councillor. In 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Affairs by François Hollande, the then Socialist president.
In 2014, she served as the Minister of Women’s Right, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In a major cabinet shuffle, she was promoted to serve as the Minister of Education. While advising the youth who want to participate in the country’s politics, Najat said, “I have always advised the youths to get involved in politics. The best way to be happy with your future is by playing a part in it. If you’re just a spectator of collective fate, you’re bound to feel frustrated.”
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