Among the top six teams that played the Asian Cricket Council Youth Asia Cup 2016 in Sri Lanka, only India and Pakistan did not feature a player who had played in the Under-19 World Cup before.
Perhaps, as a result, Pakistan were ousted in the league phase, losing to Afghanistan and missing out on the semi-final spot by a narrow margin. India, on the other hand, had no such problems. They enjoyed an unbeaten run on their way to defending the crown. They have now been champions since 2012, when the tournament was opened to the full members' Under 19 teams (they were joint champions alongside Pakistan during the first edition).
The result outlines the neat structure India have in place now, with Rahul Dravid leading the boys as their head coach. The results are vindication to what India have in place, as it is to the talent that's coming through.
The Youth Asia Cup offers a neat glimpse at the future of cricket in Asia. Nepal showed they weren't mere pushovers. Afghanistan went one better and ousted two-time finalists Pakistan. Sri Lanka made it to the finals for the very first time and Bangladesh proved their mettle with a semi-final spot.
Amongst the players, too, there will always be new jewels uncovered. Hasitha Boyagoda and Kamindu Mendis, the ambidextrous Sri Lankan captain, did will for the hosts. Nepal saw Dipendra Singh Airee play a blinder in their opening game. India found stars in Prithvi Shaw, Himanshu Rana and Abhishek Sharma, among others.
But no one will have come out happier than the champions.
Rahul Dravid has always been a man with a plan, and he came well prepared for the Youth Asia Cup, too. Devraj Raut, India's video analyst, would record the whole game and send out edited snippets to each player to help them analyse their game. If the match got over early, like it did against Malaysia and Nepal, the team was put through the paces through match simulations.
When the team failed to finish off a match and let Afghanistan finish the game on their own terms, Dravid was apparently livid with the team. Despite the victory, the coach gave his team a dressing down for not going for the kill when the chance presented itself.
The onus was always on the team to learn as much as possible from the experience, and they would have gained a lot from the Sri Lanka experience. Far from what the results and the talent indicate, the going has not been easy for the side.
In February this year, the India U19 team lost the World Cup final to West Indies in Bangladesh. The India team was seen as one of the strongest, and had in it a number of promising youngsters - some of them - Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Armaan Jaffer and Washington Sundar - are already regular faces in their state sides.
None from that team now plays for the U19 side, not because they're too old, but because Dravid and the BCCI have sights set on the future. The BCCI had, in June this year, ruled that no player can play two Under-19 World Cups, and the board saw the Youth Asia Cup as the opportunity to groom players for the next Under-19 World Cup, to be played in 2018.
A fifteen member squad was selected for the Asia Cup, but another issue arose. Due to a miscommunication, seven members of India's squad were found ineligible as per the age cut-off. With less than two weeks to go for the series, India had to make as many changes to the side. However, their preparation gave them the chance to ride over the problems and still come out on top.
Under-16 and Under-19 camps were set up in each zone to help pick out the players. Once the cream of the crop was picked, the nurturing began. There have been regular camps for cricketers at the under-age levels to hone their skills. Earlier this year, the candidates played with Dukes, SG and Kookaburra balls - red, white and pink to give them early exposure to the different challenges in cricket. The squad also played the Under 19 Challenger Trophy, in Bilaspur in October.
Despite all the setbacks, India's triumph in the Youth Asia Cup has been one that will please the management and board to no end. Dravid's work and focus on providing Indian cricket with the right future seem well on track, while the players, too, have shown that they have what it takes to go the next level.
Exciting next two years await. Sound success at the start of the campaign can be as damaging as it is encouraging. With Dravid at the helm, one can be sure of it being treated the right way. After India's loss in the Under-19 World Cup final, the former India captain had emphasised on the life lessons that comes out of failure.
"You don't realise the importance of achievement without failure. It's fine that you lost this time, but be ready and cautious in the next opportunity," Ishan Kishan had said about his chat with Dravid after the loss in the final.
India and Pakistan were the only sides without an Under-19 World Cup player in their sides. While the results in the tournament would leave Pakistan with question marks overs their young team, India can start dreaming of more success.
சென்னையை நெருங்கும் வர்தா புயல்
- சென்னையை நெருங்குகிறது வர்தா புயல்
- சென்னைக்கு கிழக்கே 100 கி.மீ தொலைவில் வர்தா புயல்
- சென்னையை நோக்கி 13 கி.மீ வேகத்தில் நகருகிறது வர்தா புயல்
- சென்னையில் கரையை கடக்கும்போது 100 முதல் 110 கி.மீ. வேகத்தில் பலத்த காற்று வீசும்
- சென்னையில் பேய் காற்றுடன் கனமழை கொட்டி வருகிறது -சென்னை கோட்டூர்புரத்தில் மரம் முறிந்து விழுந்தது
- 2 பேர் படுகாயம் -வர்தா புயல் பழவேற்காடு - கும்மிடிப்பூண்டி இடையே கரையை கடக்கும்
- வானிலை மையம் -கடல் அலைகள் அதிக சீற்றத்துடன் எழுவதால் மீனவர்கள் அச்சம்
- கடற்கரை அருகே வசிப்பவர்கள் அவசரமாக வெளியேற்றம்
- சென்னை, காஞ்சிபுரம், திருவள்ளூர் மாவட்டங்களில் 3,500 பேர் இடமாற்றம்
- 24 மணிநேரத்தில் சென்னையில் 6 செ.மீ மழை
- சென்னைக்கு கிழக்கே 142 கி.மீ. தொலைவில் வர்தா புயல்
- வர்தா புயலால் பழவேற்காட்டில் பலத்த கடல் காற்று வீசி வருகிறது
- பலத்த காற்றால் பழவேற்காட்டில் மின்கம்பங்கள், மரங்கள் சாய்ந்தன
- பழவேற்காட்டில் சூறைக்காற்று வீசி வருவதால் கம்பிகள் அறுப்பட்டு மின் இணைப்புகள் துண்டிக்கப்பட்டன
Jayalalithaa Had Cardiac Arrest Sunday Evening - Apollo Hospital Announcement
J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening in the Chennai hospital where she has spent the last three months being treated for a prolonged lung infection.
"She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists," said Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan of Apollo Hospital.
After a phone call from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has flown back to Chennai from Maharashtra which is also in his charge. He visited the hospital and left without making a statement.
Senior ministers have converged converging at the hospital. Supporters of the Chief Minister were gathering outside to pray for her. The Press Trust of India reported that nine units of anti-riot police, each with about 100 members, are being prepped to flown into Tamil Nadu, if needed. Police across the state have been asked to be on high alert and the entire force has been asked to report to duty at 7 am. Schools have not been closed and exams will go on as scheduled, officials said.
Crowds gathered outside Apollo hospital as news of Jayalalithaa's health poured in.
Earlier on Saturday, Jayalalithaa's party, the AIADMK, said the 68-year-old leader would soon decide when to return home with three specialist consultants from Delhi's premier AIIMS hospital declaring her fully recovered.
For weeks, doctors attending to Jayalalithaa have been saying that "Amma", as she is known to millions of supporters, was well enough to decide when to return home. Her party said she was directing important decisions, speaking occasionally to those who were allowed to meet her.
When she was first hospitalised in September, her party said it was for dehydration and fever. It soon became clear that her illness was far more serious. She spent weeks on respiratory support and specialists flew in from London and Delhi to monitor her.
India, Japan signs historic nuclear deal
Signing a landmark civil nuclear cooperation deal with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the agreement for cooperation will mark a historic step in the engagement to build a clean energy partnership between both nations.
"A landmark deal for a cleaner, greener world! PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo witness exchange of the landmark Civil Nuclear Agreement," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi said India sees Japan as a natural partner in the aim to be major centre for manufacturing, investments and 21st century knowledge industries.
"It is clear that our cooperation has progressed on multiple fronts. The Agreement for cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy marks a historic step in our engagement to build a clean energy partnership," Prime Minister Modi said.
He said that strategic partnership is not only for the good and security of own societies, but it also brings peace, stability and balance to region.
Prime Minister Modi also said that both the nation have united to combat the menace of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism.
Speaking about implementation of visa-on-arrival policy, he said since March 2016 India has extended 'Visa-On Arrival' facility to Japanese nationals and have also extended a 10-year visa to businesspersons.
The present agreement provides for bilateral cooperation in the field of Nuclear Energy. This would provide for the development of nuclear power projects in India and thus strengthening of energy security of the country. The present agreement would open up the door for collaboration between Indian and Japanese industries in our Civil Nuclear programme.
The deal would allow Japan to export nuclear technology to India, making it the first non-NPT signatory to have such a deal with Tokyo. It would also cement the bilateral economic and security ties as the two countries warm up to counter anassertive China.
Japan is a major player in the nuclear energy market and an atomic deal with it will make it easier for US-based nuclear plant makers Westinghouse Electric Corporation and GE Energy Inc to set up atomic plants in India as both these conglomerates have Japanese investments.
Security features of the new Rs. 2000 and Rs. 500 notes
A look at the security features of the newly-launched Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 notes from the RBI's stable.
Rs. 2,000 (colour: magenta)
* Is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series, with a motif of India's Mars orbiter, the Mangalyaan on the reverse
* Size: 66mm x 166mm
1. See through register where the numeral 2,000 can be seen when note is held against light
2. Latent image of 2,000 can be seen when the note is tilted
3. Devanagari denomination
4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi
5. Micro letters 'RBI' and '2,000'
6. Colour shift security thread with 'RBI' and '2,000'
7. Guarantee clause, Governor's signature and RBI emblem on the right
8. Watermarks of Mahatma Gandhi and electrotype 2,000 numeral
9. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on top left and bottom right sides
10. Denominational numeral with Rupee symbol, 2,000 in colour changing ink
11. Ashoka pillar emblem
For visually impaired:
12. Rectangle with Rs.2,000 in raised print on right
13. Seven angular bleed lines in raised print
The size is 63mm x 150mm, colour is stone grey with Red Fort and Mahatma Gandhi's image on each sides
1. See through register in denomination numeral
2. Latent image of the denomination numeral
3. Denomination numeral in Devnagari
4. Orientation of Mahatma Gandhi's portrait changed
5. Windowed security thread changes from green to blue when note is tilted
6. Guarantee clause, Governor's signature, RBI emblem shifted towards right
7. Portrait and electrotype watermarks
8. Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on top left and bottom right sides
9. Denomination in nuemrals with Rupee symbol in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right
10. Ashoka pillar emblem on right
For visually impaired:
11. Circle with Rs. 500 in raised print on the right
12. Bleed lines on left and right in raised print