Ahmedabad: Virat Kohli looks an effective captain in the international arena simply because he has got two successful captains like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in the side, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said. Dhoni is considered as one of India’s greatest captains having won two World Cups while Rohit has been a very successful franchise skipper leading Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented four IPL titles. “Still a long way to go for him (Kohli). Kohli was very good in the last World Cup (in England) but he has a long way to go. He captains so well in international cricket because he has got Rohit Sharma, he had MS Dhoni for a long time,” Gambhir told reporters after interacting with the students of a university on Thursday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Citing Kohli’s record in the Indian Premier League, Gambhir said a skipper’s effectiveness is tested when you don’t have the services of several talented players. “Captaincy credentials are noticed when you are leading a franchise, when you do not have other players supporting you,” said Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles. “I have been honest whenever I have spoken about this. See what Rohit Sharma has achieved for Mumbai Indians, see what Dhoni has achieved for Chennai Super Kings. If you compare that with RCB, the results are there for everyone to see”, the cricketer-turned politician said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Gambhir also backed limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma to open the batting in the Test format. “I think KL Rahul has been given a longer run. It is time for Rohit to open the batting in Test cricket. If you pick him in the squad, he has to be a part of the playing XI. If he does not fit your playing XI, no point in picking him in the squad of 15 or 16. He is too good a player to be sitting on the bench.” Gambhir revealed that he thought about quitting cricket in 2007 after he was overlooked for the ODI World Cup squad. “In 2007, when I missed the 50-over World Cup, that was the lowest moment in my cricketing career. I had given up on cricket. Before that, I had missed both U-15 and U-19 World Cups. “In 2007, I thought I was the closest to playing the World Cup, but when they did not include me in the squad, I had almost given up on cricket,” Gambhir said. However, in the same year, India were crowned champions of the maiden T20 World Cup in in South Africa with Gambhir finished as the leading run-scorer in the tournament. “Then I was chosen in World T20 in 2007 and I got dismissed for a duck in the first match against Pakistan. But as fate has it, I finished as the leading run-scorer in the World Cup and we ended up winning the tournament so one should never give up,” Gmabhir said. Gambhir said that he wanted to face Shane Warne in international cricket. He added that he only played against the leg-spinner in the IPL and he did not find it that tough. “I wished I could have faced Shane Warne in international cricket. I only played against him in Indian Premier League (IPL) and I did not find it that difficult,” Gambhir said. Talking about the state of cricket in Delhi, Gambhir said that budding cricketers don’t get much help from associations and selection committee. “In Delhi, you do not get help from many people, the association and selection committee also does not help that much, so people understand that one must work hard in order to stand out among the crowd.”
New Delhi: Airports Authority of India, the sole provider of air navigation services and responsible for management of airports across the country is participating in the 25th World Route Development Forum –World Routes 2019 at Adelaide in Australia. The India Pavilion jointly representing Airports Authority of India and Mumbai International Airport at this global event was formally inaugurated on Sunday by Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAAI’s stall at World Routes 2019 will showcase its various technologies and initiatives like GPS-aided Geo-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) & Skyrev360 and exhibit the milestones achieved by AAI in various facets of Indian Civil Aviation Sector. Apart from this, AAI will also market vast potential of AAI’s International Airports like Chennai International Airport, NSCBI Airport, Kolkata; Pune International Airport on this global platform for future destinations. World Routes is the global meeting place for every airline, airport and aviation stakeholder.
Srinagar/Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbag Singh on Tuesday stressed on the need to identify inter-district terror modules involved in carrying out atrocities on people and initiate strict action against them. The Director General of Police (DGP) said all the steps required to thwart the “ill designs” of the anti-national elements and their mentors should be taken. “The inter district modules of the terrorists involved in atrocities on people should be identified and strict action taken against them”, Singh told police officers during a security meeting in South Kashmir’s Pahalgam belt on Monday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Singh accompanied by IGP Kashmir S P Pani held a security review meeting at Pahalgam. The DGP directed the officers to work with enhanced synergy and coordinated efforts to uproot terrorism and its network in the range. He emphasized upon the officers to strengthen their intelligence grid and ensure input sharing for sharp action by the forces. He stressed the need for regular interactions and briefing of the subordinates at different levels. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The DGP asked the officers to garner public support for better policing. He said cooperation of the people is a must to get the desired results from the measures put in place for maintaining law and order. He said police is the first responder to any public problem and the force has always remained on the forefront to provide assistance to the people to ease their hardships. Singh while interacting with the officers complimented their efforts for maintaining peace and order in the South Kashmir districts. He said all required steps should be taken to thwart the ill designs of the anti-national elements and their mentors. The DGP said welfare of police jawans is being focused on priority and the jurisdictional officers have a great role for the welfare of their subordinates. Singh said in view of the ensuing winter, proper measures should be taken for the welfare of the deployed personnel. At the outset of the meeting, the DGP sought reports from District SSP regarding security, law and other situation in their respective jurisdictions. He was apprised about the overall situation and the measures taken for maintaining law and order and ensuring security of the people in the range